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Lying Men Get Unique Punishment from Montana Judge for Stolen Valor

In most cases, when a criminal is found to be guilty of one crime or another, the result is typically fines, community service, probation, time spent in jail or prison, or a combination thereof. However, this particular judge in Montana is proving that sometimes the typical punishment isn’t always the best.

Two men, 28-year-old Ryan Patrick Morris, and Troy Allan Nelson, who is 33, were called into Cascade County District Judge Greg Pinski’s court because they had both lied about their service in the US military to get less severe sentences for recent unrelated crimes.

Morris, who has a previous criminal record, was found to have violated his parole and by stealing nearly $1500 worth of items from his landlord. When his crimes were found out, he claimed that he was an Army vet who had completed seven combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, he said that he had PTSD as a result of being hit with an IED on one tour, which left him in need of major hip surgery.

Similarly, Nelson was accused of drug charges, forgery, and elder abuse after spending a large portion of his neighbor’s money while being on probation for previous crimes. Like Morris, Nelson claimed to have PTSD as a result of his time spent in the US Army.

Both admitted after being caught in their lies that they were trying to get into the Veterans’ Court program. This is a special court held to address crimes that are possibly related to service-related addictions, stress, and/or injuries, like PTSD. As many of the crimes are believed to stem from these problems, sentences are often lessened, and treatment plans offered instead.

Both Morris and Nelson sought the lesser sentencing of the Veterans’ Court and so lied about their service, of which neither had participated in.

However, Judge Pinski found out about their little ruse, and it inspired him to change things up a bit.

They both received individual and standard sentences according to their crimes: ten years for Morris’ violation of probation and five years for Nelson. But in addition to their own sentences, the two are to complete a few tasks before they are eligible for parole.

Firstly, the two will have to write every single one of the 6,756 American men and women’s names who have been killed in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Secondly, of those 6756 names, they will have to choose no less than 40 and personally write obituaries for them.

Next, they will have to perform an additional 441 hours of community service – one hour for each service member from Montana who has died in combat since the Korean War.

They will also have to hand-write letters of apology to several veterans’ groups such as the American Legion, AMVETS, and Disabled American Veterans. These letters are to explicitly describe their lies about their military service and how they stole the honor and valor of men and women who actually deserve it.

Quite the sentence, huh?

Now, you may think this is rather harsh and uncalled for. However, you should know that the judge could have been much stricter.

According to federal law, impersonating a military officer or lying about such service “with the intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit” is a federal crime or felony known as the Stolen Valor Act of 2013.

As such, both men could have been given additional fines, and up to one year more in sentencing. But the judge never actually charged them with this. He was even more lenient by suspending three years of each of their sentences.

However, for each of those three suspended years, while they are on probation, both men would be required to travel to the Montana Veterans Memorial in Great Falls on Memorial and Veterans Day. Once there, they will stand for eight hours wearing a sign that reads, “I am a liar. I am not a veteran. I stole valor. I have dishonored all veterans.”

Judge Pinski said, “I want to make sure that my message is received loud and clear by these two defendants.”

He told them, “You’ve been nothing but disrespectful in your conduct. You certainly have not respected the Army. You’ve not respected the veterans. You’ve not respected the court. And you haven’t respected yourselves.”

A better punishment couldn’t have been given. Finally, something that actually makes a person learn from and regret their mistakes.

Comments (35)

  1. We need more of this public pillory. It atones for the sin of the perpetrator. And it sends a strong message to anyone contemplating a similar act.
    If you get caught, this is the consequence.
    Thank You Judge Pinski

  2. My guess is that this tactic was not one that came out of the briefcase of a shyster lawyer. If that guess is correct the lawyer or lawyers that gave that counsel to these felons need to be punished with heavy fines, jail time, and maybe even disbarment.

  3. Appropriate punishment they are lucky to not have gotten worse. I think the community service should be to maintain the grave sites for veterans who served some of which paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.

  4. We should have more judges like judge Pinsky, it’s time to preserve the honor of our men and women in uniform

  5. I support this judge and wish that all judges who have criminals coming before them in these kinds of crimes and others very much like them would give the punishment Judge Pinski did.

  6. That’s great that’ll teach them

  7. I think since they failed being in the Service they should be required to complete bootcamp of the branch they claimed to have been in.

  8. Cascade County District Judge Greg Pinski, thank you for this sentence to these two frauds. I am a disabled veteran having served in the U S Army 1968 – 1971. I am also a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, (DAV).

  9. I am a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer and I think the sentence handed down by this judge is wonderful. There is one thing for sure. He got his point across and I hope it is a lesson for any other slugs who might be giving consideration to doing what these two did.

  10. Well done Judge. I wish more judges would be as Patriotic as this one and give out more appropriate sentences.

  11. Judge, there should be more of you around. Their punishment is definitely justified. I congratulate you for your conviction of these two.

  12. God bless this Judge for doing this, he is an honorable man.

  13. WOW! What a sentence. Now if we could come out with better sentencing for other crimes others have committed and not just a “Slap on the Wrist” (Like James Comey in JAIL?). Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  14. Bravo Judge Greg Pinski !

  15. Great judge with some comon sense. Not like some of the candy buts in court now.

  16. An Intelligent Judge !!!!! How Refreshing !!!!! He Should Give Classes for other Judges !!!!!

  17. Actually, they should be sent to boot camp. MARINE boot camp.

  18. Well done judge you are an inspiration to all veterans.

  19. 100% approval judge go to the top of the list for honesty and integrity

  20. Betting these two POS are democrats!

  21. It is nice to know what here are people in this country who still respect our military. I hope others will learn from this. Even our politicans pull this crap. If a politican or government. worker is caught lying about their military service th y should be fired and exposed

  22. And yet blumenthal is still a U.S. senator–

  23. God bless you Judge Pinski! Also, God bless all of the fallen soldiers, veterans and their families.

  24. These people need psychiatric evaluation. If they are diagnosed with the antisocial personality disorder (sociopath) or even worse (psychopath), they could be confined to a mental health institution for life, just like Charles Manson. That would protect we the people from the likes of these men.

  25. The judge should have also MOONED them! Also, anyone who wants to MOON them will be able to do so!

  26. About 25 out of a hundred criminals can be rehabilitated. The rest, 75 out of a hundred, are dedicated repeat offenders.

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  27. Seems fair enough but, wearing a sign for 8 hrs w that statement is a very burdensome demand on top of the other sentencing in my opinion a bit too much!!! Forced submission produces rebellion!!! Could make it worse!!!

  28. Need more Judges like this Man!

  29. Judge I give you a standing ovation you are such a wise men for what you have done it’s about damn time somebody stands up to people like these two scumbags and I know there’s plenty more out there and I hope this will teach these others to watch what they say because it could be a lie I give you kudos brilliant brilliant punishment my hat is off to you I just hope more judges will follow your footsteps

  30. Hallelujah!
    Now ~this~ is a ~Real Judge~, in the Biblical and every other Sense.

  31. This Gold Star Family appreciates the actions of a patriotic Montana judge.

  32. I love it. Actually they should have to appear at several veteran’s events for the next five or so years and wear a sign that say I lied about being a military veteran to reduce my punishment for a crime and this is my punishment. The vet’s will love him long time. Hopefully he’ll get his as* kicked at every event. Someone should film it and put it on You Tube. Schmuck! Thank U judge.

  33. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME !!! THIS KIND OF PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED IN EVERY CASE ! MAKE THE SENTENCE FIT THE CRIME !! EVERY TIME !!

  34. I am so proud of the Judge. Wish there were more Judges like him across America!

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