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Fort Bragg Soldier Gets 8 years for Manslaughter After Killing 3 While Driving Intoxicated

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A Fort Bragg soldier has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty driving while intoxicated and three counts of involuntary manslaughter in a wreck that killed three others.

Receiving his sentence from a military judge, Spc. Kern Barrow also had a reduction in rank to private and given a bad conduct discharge. Barrow also pleaded guilty to charges of absence without leave, battery, aggravated assault and escape from custody.

Prosecutors said Barrow was driving when the single-car wreck occurred Sept. 14 on the post. Another soldier was injured. Barrow was a member of the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. He was confined 170 days awaiting trial and received credit against the sentence.

Military law is a distinct legal system to which members of armed forces are subject. Most countries have special additional laws, and often a legal system, which are applicable to members of their military but not usually to civilians. Military law deals with issues such as; procedures for military discipline, what is or what is not a lawful command, and obligations for service personnel.

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