The state of Kentucky has set a trial date for a Fort Knox soldier who shot and wounded a man found inside his estranged wife’s apartment.
Since the incident in October of last year, 33-year-old Sergeant First Class Gregory Rich II has been indicted on charges of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of first-degree criminal mischief.
Assigned to the Army’s Human Resources Command, Rich was reportedly showing signs of irrational behavior prior to breaking into his estranged wife’s apartment, firing several .45 caliber rounds inside of the dwelling and striking the woman’s lover.
Striking the man twice, Rich then went outside and slashed the tires of two vehicles -belonging to his wife and her boyfriend- before heading back to his home.
Upon his capture, Rich not only cooperated with law enforcement but confessed to the shooting. Rich admitted to the shooting, giving a concise series of statements and even informing law enforcement as to where his weapon was located.
Rich and his wife had been separated since April 1st (though in the military, extramarital acts until finalized divorce are punishable offenses) and had attended a divorce hearing on October 17. The final hearing was scheduled for November 7.
According to the News-Enterprise, Rich’s trial is scheduled for August 8, after which he could face up to two decades behind bars if found guilty and convicted.
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