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STATEMENT: Fort Stewart/3rd ID on soldier's guilty plea

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Mark Burnett pleads guilty in the case of the double slayings. Mark Burnett pleads guilty in the case of the double slayings.

Fort Stewart/Third ID statement in wake of guilty plea by Pfc. Burnett in Long County court:

 "The Army's charges against the four Soldiers--Sgt. Anthony Peden, Pvt. Christopher Salmon, Pfc. Michael Burnett, and Pvt. Isaac Aguigui--were dismissed on Aug. 15.

The Soldiers were each charged on March 27 with two counts of premeditated murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder, and one count of violation of 18 USC 922(a)(6) for making false statements in the course of  purchasing firearms.

The CID investigation is ongoing, however, we don't believe there are any unknown subjects. CID will not be releasing any additional information at this time due to ongoing investigation and legal proceedings. 

The four Soldiers remain in the Army at this time.

Gang-related cases are investigated by CID in accordance with Army regulation.  At the quarterly new commanders and first sergeants' course, CID teaches a block of instruction on drug and gang awareness. 

Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield does not have a gang or militia problem. Any suspicions of gang activity are actively investigated by CID. CID also recognizes the obvious concerns with the combination of gangs and military-type training.  That is why CID monitors and investigates gang and extremist group association with criminal acts in the Army so closely.  We believe the reason we are able to maintain a LOW gang criminal threat status is because of the awareness of and focus on the threat."

Kevin Larson
Fort Stewart Public Affairs

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