MAJOR IN KOREA GETS 26 YEARS
AT LEAVENWORTH FOR WIFE SLAYING
DUMPED NUDE BODY OFF YOUNG JONG
BRIDGE – LOCAL COPS NABBED OFFICER
AS HE TRIED TO DISPOSE OF EVIDENCE
A U.S. Army major, who admitted he killed his wife last August 12, after a violent argument in his quarters in Korea, has been convicted of voluntary manslaughter and pleaded guilty to charges of adultery and violating orders by his commander to turn over samples of his handwriting.
MAJ Richard K. Hart, 45, of Orlando, Fla. was hit with a 26- year jail term at the Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks in Kansas. The field-grade officer had been accused of second-degree murder. He said he killed Patricia Ann Hart during a violent argument in his off-base quarters. Hart had been assigned to the Yongsan Garrison in central Seoul.
Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), the guilty verdict will automatically be appealed.
CAUGHT DUMPING BODY FROM BRIDGE
Investigators said Hart stripped his wife’s body of clothing and jewelry, wrapped the corpse in plastic and duct tape, and drove to the center of Yongjong Bridge, which leads to Incheon International Airport.
The major’s bad timing – around 0430 hours – resulted in him being spotted by eagle-eyed South Korean cops who arrested the officer and turned him over to American authorities.
In cases where a U.S. soldier is accused of killing another GI or family member, they are tried before a U.S. military court.
A PAST RECORD OF FAMILY ABUSE
During the three-day court-martial, it was revealed that Hart had been arrested for beating his 53 year-old wife and teenage daughter several times between 2000 and 2003. He was on an unaccompanied tour to Korea when his wife was murdered.
Investigators said she had discovered Hart was having an affair with a local woman and had flown to Korea to confront her husband with photographic evidence.
A screaming match led to violence, and when the fight was over, the woman was dead.
WOMAN “PROVOKED” HER OWN DEATH, SAYS JUDGE
In a very unusual statement, the judge, Lt. Col. Edward O’Brien, found the major guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter, saying “his wife (Mrs. Hart) was a participant in her own death by provoking him before she was killed.”
A very “politically incorrect” statement for any Army officer to make, even if it is true.
We wonder if a feminist Congressperson will call for the colonel’s “head on a platter.” If that happens, there is little doubt the Army brass will “cave in” to the pressure.
Maybe the judge, who has more than enough time to retire, will put in his retirement papers, before he gets caught in a “political” firestorm.
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DATE SET FOR ARMY MAJOR IN
KOREA CHARGED WITH MURDER OF
WIFE – SAID TO HAVE DUMPED NUDE
BODY, WRAPPED IN PLASTIC AND
BOUND WITH DUCT TAPE, OFF BRIDGE
NEAR INCHEON AIRPORT