Female sergeant facing involuntary manslaughter court-martial for rollover death of cadet


A US Soldier will be heading to a court-martial in connection to a rollover that injured 19 and took the life of one.

Staff Sergeant Ladonies Strong is facing involuntary manslaughter charges in relation to an accident that took place in June, when she rolled a vehicle under the command of the 3rd Infantry Division’s Task Force 1-28, also known as the “Black Lions.”

“Additional and specific facts in this case will be presented during the upcoming court-martial, at a time to be decided by a military judge; it would be premature to speculate as to the outcome of the trial or any possible punishment at this point,” LTC Patrick Husted, a spokesman for the 3rd Infantry Division, told Army Times. “Strong remains on active duty, where she continues to perform normal duties with Task Force 1-28.”

The decision to press forward in the legal system was based on facts presented during an October Article 32 hearing.

While Strong has been charged, the charges are considered to be accusations and the Soldier is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The incident involving strong cost twenty lives, including West Point Cadet

Strong faces charges of one specification of involuntary manslaughter; one specification of negligent homicide; one specification of prevention of authorized seizure of property; one specification of reckless operation of a vehicle; and two specifications of dereliction of duty under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.

*A previous version of this article stated 20 were killed during the rollover accident when it should have said “injured.”

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