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    Senior Air Force member charged in death of teen

    Chief Master Sgt. Hector Soler, Security Forces Manager at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, turned himself in to Goldsboro police Thursday evening on charges of felony death by motor vehicle.
    Soler walked out of the Wayne County Magistrate's Office 40 minutes later free on a $75,000 secured bond.
    Charges against Soler were upgraded Thursday afternoon from felony serious injury by motor vehicle after Johny Robert Watson, the 17-year-old Soler struck with his vehicle while allegedly driving drunk Saturday night, succumbed to his injuries.
    Watson died shortly after his family had him taken off of life support at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where the teen had lingered for almost a week following emergency surgery and being put into a medically induced coma.
    According to a GoFundMe page set up for the teen after the crash, Watson's family allowed the hospital to remove his organs to be donated before doctors disconnected the machines keeping their son alive.
    The hospital will be flying a white flag for the next 48 hours signifying the organ donation ---- a tradition marking such occassions ---- honoring Watson's gift of life and his memory.
    Soler, 47, is also charged with driving while impaired and failure to reduce speed.
    He arrived quietly at the magistrate's office at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, a time previously agreed upon with law enforcement, wearing an all gray sweat suit with the hood up over his head. Soler was accompanied by his attorney, Dustin B. Pittman.
    Pittman, an attorney with Strickland, Agner & Associates, declined at the magistrate's office to provide his phone number so he could be contacted later for comment.
    Soler's charges stem from a two vehicle wreck that took place on South George Street near Carver Boulevard at around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
    According to the accident report, Soler crashed into the back of Watson's Jeep going 70 mph. His blood alcohol content at the time of the wreck was .16 -- more than twice the legal limit -- according to an accident report.
    Soler sent Watson's Jeep flying 159 feet into a utility pole at the intersection of South George Street and Carver Boulevard, the report said.
    Soler told police Watson's car was parked in the roadway with no headlights on when he struck the car, but Goldsboro Police Chief Mike West said that is not the case.
    "His lights were on, and he was going between 20 and 25 mph, possibly slowing down for the railroad tracks," West said.
    According to the report, Soler's speedometer was stuck at 70 mph after the crash.
    Watson was initially taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital with severe head injuries and then flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
    Soler was arrested after the crash, taken to the Wayne County Jail and given a $20,000 secured bond for an initial charge of felony serious injury by motor vehicle. He was also given a $2,000 unsecured bond for the charges of DWI and failure to reduce speed, according to arrest reports.
    Capt. Leann Rabun with the Goldsboro Police Department said the charge of felony death by motor vehicle with replace the original charge of felony serious injury by motor vehicle.
    West said Soler paid his bond immediately after being booked in the jail in the twilight hours of Sunday morning.
    Soler is the Security Forces Manager for the 4th Security Forces Squadron at SJAFB.

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    Tragic all around...

    Seen commenters on other sites speculating over whether or not the Chief gets to keep his stripes and retire, etc.

    That will be the least of his concerns as I'm guessing he's looking at 10+ years in prison....rightfully so. And no, he won't get to keep his stripes or retire. Assuming he's convicted.

    Condolences to the family...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bos Mutus View Post
    Tragic all around...

    Seen commenters on other sites speculating over whether or not the Chief gets to keep his stripes and retire, etc.

    That will be the least of his concerns as I'm guessing he's looking at 10+ years in prison....rightfully so. And no, he won't get to keep his stripes or retire. Assuming he's convicted.

    Condolences to the family...
    Incredibly sad. Can you imagine being a subordinate of this Chief though? Especially one that has been punished for DUI. Thanks for the lecture, Chief!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeRandomGuy View Post
    Incredibly sad. Can you imagine being a subordinate of this Chief though? Especially one that has been punished for DUI. Thanks for the lecture, Chief!
    I'm sure there is a feeling of this guy getting his comeuppance from some...since he's a SF Chief and prior First Shirt....we can only imagine he's been in that position.

    There's a lot of stuff we could throw at the wall here...but mostly I just feel sad about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bos Mutus View Post
    Tragic all around...

    Seen commenters on other sites speculating over whether or not the Chief gets to keep his stripes and retire, etc.

    That will be the least of his concerns as I'm guessing he's looking at 10+ years in prison....rightfully so. And no, he won't get to keep his stripes or retire. Assuming he's convicted.

    Condolences to the family...
    At this point, his concern over his retirement should be because he is hoping to take care of his family while he is in prison.

    He will likely still 'retire' ... probably not as an E-9, but if he is over 20 (legally qualified as retirement eligible) and the military does not conclude that his offense / misconduct was on duty he has a strong case to retain his retirement benefits.

    It is a sad situation for all concerned.
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    I been thinking about this case a lot...and how all the lives of those impacted have changed dramatically in that instant.

    Says he was 0.16...I know that's twice the legal limit...but, does anyone know how drunk someone is at 0.16? Are the trashed or got a good buzz? Visibly drunk to observers?

    Rumor on that FB site is that he was at a Christmas Party at his commander's house and the commander has been fire...unconfirmed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bos Mutus View Post
    I been thinking about this case a lot...and how all the lives of those impacted have changed dramatically in that instant.

    Says he was 0.16...I know that's twice the legal limit...but, does anyone know how drunk someone is at 0.16? Are the trashed or got a good buzz? Visibly drunk to observers?

    Rumor on that FB site is that he was at a Christmas Party at his commander's house and the commander has been fire...unconfirmed.
    Well .08 is supposed to be somewhere around 2 drinks an hour for the avg size person. so around 4 drinks an hour. Depending how long they were there, wouldn't be unusual and it may not have been that noticeable for a party.

    The fact that he hit him going 70 in a 25 leads me to believe that he never saw him.

    Now, could've been looking at the phone or maybe he was telling the truth (that jeep's the lights actually were off). Either way. He's toast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bos Mutus View Post
    Tragic all around...

    Seen commenters on other sites speculating over whether or not the Chief gets to keep his stripes and retire, etc.

    That will be the least of his concerns as I'm guessing he's looking at 10+ years in prison....rightfully so. And no, he won't get to keep his stripes or retire. Assuming he's convicted.

    Condolences to the family...
    I agree. He should NOT keep his stripes, but i HAVE seen it before where an E-6 or below got done for DUI and got busted down, but an e7 did the same thing and just got fined/restriction/extra duty.. NO loss of stripe..

    Quote Originally Posted by SomeRandomGuy View Post
    Incredibly sad. Can you imagine being a subordinate of this Chief though? Especially one that has been punished for DUI. Thanks for the lecture, Chief!
    Try having your command CMC getting busted for a dui, the WEEKEND after having a command STANDDOWN for drunk driving awareness!!,, OR your command DAPA!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bos Mutus View Post
    I been thinking about this case a lot...and how all the lives of those impacted have changed dramatically in that instant.
    Not just his and the person he hits either.. His family will be feeling the repercussions of it for years (if not decades), and the family who lost their son will also be feeling it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by garhkal View Post
    I agree. He should NOT keep his stripes, but i HAVE seen it before where an E-6 or below got done for DUI and got busted down, but an e7 did the same thing and just got fined/restriction/extra duty.. NO loss of stripe..
    Probably not when they kill someone, though. He's looking at serious prison time.

    Not just his and the person he hits either.. His family will be feeling the repercussions of it for years (if not decades), and the family who lost their son will also be feeling it..
    No doubt...not even just about retirement money. I of his family/parents/cousins/aunts/uncles going from looking up to him as a role model and so proud of his service...to weekend visits at the state prison...devastating. Hearing he was less than 40 days from retirement.

    The boy's family even more devastated...I can not even imagine. I don't know how you even go on...
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    Quote Originally Posted by garhkal View Post
    I agree. He should NOT keep his stripes, but i HAVE seen it before where an E-6 or below got done for DUI and got busted down, but an e7 did the same thing and just got fined/restriction/extra duty.. NO loss of stripe..
    Probably because a Commanding Officer can not reduce an E7 (USN) at NJP. It takes a court martial to reduce an E7 in the Navy or E6 in the Marines ... not sure about the Army or Air Force rules on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mjölnir View Post
    Probably because a Commanding Officer can not reduce an E7 (USN) at NJP. It takes a court martial to reduce an E7 in the Navy or E6 in the Marines ... not sure about the Army or Air Force rules on it.
    In the AF, the commander has to be 0-5 or above to reduce an E-7 at NJP...m

    ...ust be a MAJCOM commander (4-star) to reduce an E-8 or E-9...though there is some squirrelly words about delegation below that level, it's not far below, like maybe 3-star vice commander or something
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