A military jury has sentenced Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Tony DeDolph, a member of the elite SEAL Team Six, to 10 years in military prison for his role in killing Special Forces Green Beret SSG Logan Melgar in Mali in 2017.

In addition to the prison sentence, DeDolph was also hit with a reduction of rank to E-1, forfeiture of his pay and allowances, and will be dishonorably discharged.

A Special Forces Brotherhood MC member visits the grave of SSG Melgar in Arlington.

On January 14, 2021, DeDolph pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, obstruction of justice, and hazing. His initial charges had included felony murder.

He and Melgar had lived in the same house in Bamako, Mali. They were part of a special operations detachment operating in Africa in support of counterterrorism efforts. 

DeDolph along with Navy SEAL Chief Special Warfare Operator Adam Matthews, and Marine Raiders Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell, and Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez had planned to haze Melgar after a perceived slight.

DeDolph had told the judge during his plea hearing that, “The Marines [had] felt [that] Melgar had abandoned them in an unsafe city that’s been the target of terrorist activity.”

SSG Logan Melgar

On June 4, 2017, the four men, along with two Malian guards, broke into Melgar’s room with a sledgehammer, and DeDolph applied a rear-naked choke to force Melgar into unconsciousness.

“I effectively applied the chokehold as I have done numerous times in training, in combatives, and has been done to me,” DeDolph told the military judge on January 14.