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Fort Sill soldier to be confined, discharged for beating girlfriend

Soldier found guilty after two-day trial.
by Phillip O'Connor Modified: April 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm •  Published: April 22, 2014

— A Fort Sill soldier has been convicted of repeatedly beating a fellow soldier and then trying to convince her to lie about it.

A military judge ordered Spc. Jason A. Maestre be confined for five months, reduced to the lowest rank, forfeit $6,500 in pay and receive a bad conduct discharge.

Maestre, who enlisted in 2010 and served with A Battery, 1st Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, was alleged to have pinched and grabbed the woman, who a fort spokesman identified as Maestre’s girlfriend, and struck her in the face with his hands and elbow.

The incidents occurred between August 2010 and May 2013.

Maestre also was accused of willfully disobeying an order from a commanding officer that he have no contact with the woman and then trying to wrongfully impede the investigation last year by sending text messages attempting to influence her statement.

Maestre was found guilty of violating a no-contact order, assault and battery and obstruction of justice, following a two-day trial last week. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Phillip O'Connor
Enterprise Editor
O'Connor joined the Oklahoman staff in June, 2012 after working at The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a combined 28 years. O'Connor, an Oklahoma City resident, is a graduate of Kansas State University. He has written frequently...
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