Army deserter who fled to Canada sentenced to 10 months in prison

Flickr/mikecogh An Army private believed to be the first female…


An Army private believed to be the first female U.S. soldier to seek refuge in Canada rather than return to duty in Iraq was sentenced to 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to desertion, military officials in Colorado said on Tuesday.

Kimberly Rivera, who said she grew opposed to the war during a three-month tour of duty in Iraq, pleaded guilty at a court-martial proceeding in Fort Carson, Colo., on Monday and was sentenced immediately.

In addition to the prison time, the 30-year-old private was reduced in rank, ordered to forfeit pay and benefits and given a bad-conduct discharge, base spokeswoman Meghan Williams said.

Rivera fled to Toronto in 2007 while on leave after serving in Iraq with Fort Carson’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Baghdad, according to her lawyer, James Branum.

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  • greyfox71

    C’mon y’all. Attacking one another here is a poor waste of cyber time. Whatever happened to freedom of speech (even when we disagree with what is being said)?


    What kind of half assed lawyer did she have? Desertion can only be applied if a person breaks all ties with the military. If she had an army belt or tshirt or pair of socks on or in her possession she could not be charged. In serving 5 yrs. in L.E. during the Vietnam War I never saw one person get convicted because of this. I would have dropped trow and showed the FBI my ass wrapped in OD drawers if I was her. Too late now.

  • Liberaltard? NICE! Gotta add that to my discussions with my local facist communist terrorist loving democrats that whine about how much smarter they are than others…. LMFAO

    Has anyone ever actually met an idiot that knows they are an idiot? NO…. Idiots are always trying to sound smarter and put down others intelligence because of their obvious shortcomings. (And that’s before their wives join the conversation…ROTFLMFAO)

  • Soonershooter

    she is a loser & is pregnant with her fifth child, nice to know we get to pay for her kids for ever….

  • morecare

    3 month tour?? WTF is that? At least she got a BCD.

  • MIO

    shoulda got life for becoming a liberaltard

    • Wolf Medek

      When one uses a term like “liberaltard” , one has done nothing more than display the ignorance resorted to when lacking the intelligence to make an actual argument.

      • MIO

        Wow that was really intelligent, gosh I’m intimidated by your intellect. I’ll say what I want when I want and your liberal loving self can’t do anything about it!