WASHINGTON (Gray DC/KWTX) -- Rep. Louie Gohmert is speaking out about the latest in the case of a Central Texas soldier who has spent a decade behind bars for war crimes he claims he didn’t commit.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) discusses his take on parole board in Arlington, Va. delaying First Sgt. John Hatley's parole until October, 2020. Gohmert talked with Gray DC in the Cannon Rotunda on Capitol Hill. (Source: Gray DC)
The parole board out of Arlington, Va. announced First Sgt. John Hatley will be paroled, but not until October, 2020.
“It’s not fair at all. It’s not fair that the man was ever convicted,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who recently testified in support of the soldier.
“It’s isn’t right what’s been done to First Sgt. Hatley,” he said.
Hatley was convicted in a military court of the murder of four detainees, despite the fact there was no physical evidence to support the charges.
The U.S. Army Board of Clemency and Parole heard Hatley’s case four times.
The congressional delegation known as Warriors for Justice said it will continue to reach out to President Donald Trump for a possible presidential pardon.
Gohmert pleads the public to contact the White House to help Hatley.
“You help our warriors. You’re our President. That’s why we put you in there. We knew you would do what’s right,” said the Congressman about the message he wants the public to send to President Trump.
Gohmert testified in front of the parole board’s latest hearing in October on Hatley’s behalf.
Watch the full interview above.
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