Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Tony DeDolph will plead guilty to the involuntary manslaughter of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar.
Navy SEAL Chief Tony DeDolph, Navy SEAL Chief Matthews, and two Marine Raiders, Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez and Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell were charged in November 2018 with felony murder, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, burglary, hazing, and involuntary manslaughter in the strangulation death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar. Melgar was a Special Forces Green Beret soldier who was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Chief DeDolph will plead guilty on January 14, 2021, to involuntary manslaughter, obstruction of justice, and hazing. The prosecution is willing to dismiss felony murder and burglary in exchange for the guilty plea. DeDolph also agreed to a provision that bars him from profiting from the case in any way, including writing books or earning a living based on his experience while assigned to SEAL Team 6.
“This agreement will end the contested charges, allowing [Special Operations Chief] DeDolph to accept responsibility for those offenses he can and mitigate most of the concerns over classified material present in the case,” Phil Stackhouse, DeDolph’s civilian attorney, said in a statement.