SAFB SrA Pleads Guilty in Court Martial Case

- Senior Airman Faul sat composed during much of day one of her court martial but there were a few times when she was so overcome with tears she had trouble speaking.
Shortly after starting this morning, the 22 year old Senior Airman pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter and drunken or reckless operation of vehicle.
She also chose a judge-only trial.
When the judge asked why she chose to plead guilty she read her explanation.
Faul, who works with the 82nd Dental Squadron, which is inside the 82nd Medical Group, said from 9 p.m. on June 15th, 2012 through 2:30 a.m., she was partying with friends.
She said she consumed nearly 20 alcoholic drinks before she got a text that another friend was in United Regional's emergency room.
She says on the way to the hospital she missed the exit and ended up on I-44 North but instead of taking an exit to turn around she decided to make an illegal u-turn on the interstate.
And during that u-turn, Faul tearfully stated something hit the driver's side of her vehicle.
That "something" was a motorcycle driven by 53 year old Michael Brown, who later died from his injuries, which included a lacerated spleen and liver.
When police arrived on the scene Faul says she admitted she had been drinking.
As emergency crews hustled Brown to United Regional, Faul says she was also taken there for a blood alcohol test.
And she says results listed her blood alcohol level as .24, which is three times the legal limit.
Faul was arrested and booked into the Wichita County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
This morning, she told the court that she is pleading guilty because she realizes her drinking, driving and illegal u-turn caused the crash that resulted in Brown's death.
The prosecution called five witnesses to the stand this afternoon.
All worked with Brown and described him as a quiet, hard working employee who went above and beyond to do his job.
Proceedings ended this afternoon with the prosecution resting its case.
The trial resumes tomorrow morning with the defense calling witnesses.
And tomorrow is expected to be the final day of court martial proceedings.
The maximum penalties Faul faces include forfeiture of her pay and allowances, a rank reduction from Senior Airman to Airman Basic status, a prison term of 10 years 6 months, and once that time is served, she would be dishonorably discharged.

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