Two men were convicted of offenses committed in Great Falls, Montana, on Friday, Aug. 23, while pretending to be military veterans.
Judge Greg Pinski placed some unique requirements on their sentences.
In an attempt to obtain lower sentences, Ryan Morris and Troy Nelson both asserted to be military veterans and were qualified to join Judge Pinski’s Veterans Treatment Court.
Judge Pinski made it clear during the trials on Friday that their dishonesty and acts of stealing valor will not be tolerated.
Pinski made Morris and Nelson watch a video of a stolen valor suspect being confronted by a member of the armed forces.
Then Judge Pinski read the names of Montanans who died in Iraq and Afghanistan while serving.
Morris, who was convicted of burglary, was sentenced to three years suspended to 10 years in prison. Nelson received five years in prison with two years suspended for a conviction of criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
They must then finish Pinski’s extra requirements before they can be considered for parole.
During each Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremony, both men must wear a sign at the Montana Veterans Memorial while under court supervision; the signs will read: I AM A LIAR. I AM NOT A VETERAN. I STOLE VALOR. I DISHONORED ALL VETERANS.
– Hand-write the names of all 6,756 Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan wars
– Hand-write the obituaries of the 40 Montanans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan wars
– Write letters of apology to the following organizations: American Legion, AmVets, Disabled American Veterans, the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Vietnam Veterans of America
– 441 hours of community service