I was the only journalist present when the Army came back with its decision.
A three-member board at Fort Bragg tossed out the most serious accusation against a Green Beret accused of shooting an unarmed Afghan bomb maker in 2010.
Maj. Matt Golsteyn was accused by the Army of violating the law of armed conflict. The board on Sunday declared that violation to be unsubstantiated, but it found a second, lesser allegation of conduct unbecoming to be substantiated.
Golsteyn, who led a team of Special Forces operators through Afghanistan, received a general (under honorable conditions) discharge at the conclusion of the board of inquiry hearing, which means he maintains nearly all his veteran benefits. The GI Bill benefit is to be determined.
The government had sought an other-than-honorable discharge. The Army had already revoked his Special Forces tab and a Silver Star.
Golsteyn's lawyer said he will appeal the findings to a Board of Review, which is appointed by the Secretary of the Army or a designee. The lawyer, Phil Stackhouse, said he is disappointed with the findings.
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