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West Point grad faces 12-year sentence

Original post made on Dec 23, 2007

No one ever dreamed that Sargent Binkley, a former Mountain View Marauders football player, as well as a combat veteran and graduate of both Los Altos High School and West Point, would end up in jail for armed robbery.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 3:42 PM

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Posted by Pat
a resident of The Crossings
on Dec 23, 2007 at 11:23 am

Sargent Binkley will be in court in Palo Alto on 2 Jan at 1:30pm. Please come show your support for his release on bail to a rehab facility, pending trial.


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Posted by Mark L. USMA 80
a resident of another community
on Feb 29, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Does he have a service-connected disability? The Veterans Administration should be helping him with his PTSD. They have a clinic that works with solider. I am very empathic after going through my own trials with addiction and joining a 12 step program and doing a 1 1/2 years in rehab. It is a tough to kick an addiction but he needs to really lay down a strong foundation for recovery or he will relapse again. I am over 9 years clean and everyday is better than the last. Good Luck!


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Posted by Mark L. USMA 80
a resident of another community
on Feb 29, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Does he have a service-connected disability? The Veterans Administration should be helping him with his PTSD. They have a clinic that works with solider. I am very empathic after going through my own trials with addiction and joining a 12 step program and doing a 1 1/2 years in rehab. It is a tough to kick an addiction but he needs to really lay down a strong foundation for recovery or he will relapse again. I am over 9 years clean and everyday is better than the last. Good Luck!


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Posted by JDO
a resident of another community
on Mar 2, 2008 at 10:12 am

I deeply and truly feel for any Vet who serves in combat. This individual's subsequent actions, however, are unconscionable. He chose to ignore his Academy call to a higher moral standard and lowered himself to the level of a street thug. The Academy Honor Code prohibits lying, cheating, and stealing. Not only does he steal, he, a combat-trained killer with extensive weapons experience, does so at gunpoint? Even more sickening is the call I just received from my local West Point Society asking me to aid with his legal bills. Is this really serious? If he did the crime, and a jury of his peers finds him guilty, he should do the time. Nobody should feel sorry for him because of his Academy background. If anything, he should be treated in a stricter fashion for ignoring his years of moral and ethics training and besmirching the reputation of West Point and its other graduates, such as myself (USMA '94).


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Posted by Mark
a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2008 at 11:48 am

Well said JDO. Well said.


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Posted by RA
a resident of another community
on Dec 30, 2008 at 11:36 am

L knew Binkley when he was stationed in Kansas. Many things he has said concerning his service is a lie. He did not have PTSD because he was never in a situation that would give him PTSD. In Bosnia he did peacekeeping duty. The situation in Bosnia at the time was very peaceful and non-threatening. In Honduras he was an augmentee staff officer. He DID NOT conduct ambushes or counter drug missions. He mostly rode a desk and went to the beach. BTW, word is he got his injury at the beach. While he was Ranger qualified, he did not serve in a Ranger unit. He just attended Ranger School.
While stationed in Kansas, Binkley got in serious trouble twice and underwent non-judicial punishment. For you Army veterans, that's an Article 15. He was allowed to resign in lieu of involuntary separation with a general discharge. A general discharge is not the same as an honorable discharge and limits any benefits he may be entitled to with an honorable discharge.
So you see, you cannot believe everything you hear or read. I believe the trial will bring out all the inconsistencies (lies) that Binkley has fed everyone, including his parents.

For the record, I am a West Point grad, combat vet, and have deployed multiple times. I am also Ranger qualified, but have not served in Ranger units. Binkley is a disgrace to West Point, the Army, and the country and deserves what he gets. He is playing his friends and family for fools.


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Posted by annie
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jan 25, 2009 at 12:52 pm

is attending ranger school the same as graduating? how does someone get to serve in a ranger unit?
are women allowed to get training for this?


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