Army vet Binkley gets probation for 2nd robbery


Sargent Binkley, the former Army Ranger who pleaded guilty to using a gun to rob a Mountain View Walgreens for pain pills in 2006, was sentenced to five years probation Friday for a similar robbery in San Carlos.

Binkley, 34, was sentenced in a deal made last year with San Mateo County prosecutors. He could not be formally sentenced until he was released from a psychiatric hospital in January.

Binkley is an Army veteran from Los Altos who attended Los Altos High School and West Point military academy. His case has been called a landmark case for veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. During his trial for the Mountain View robbery, psychiatrists testified that Binkley developed PTSD during his time in Bosnia and Honduras and developed an addiction to painkillers after a hip injury that went untreated for years.

After pleading guilty in Santa Clara County court, Binkley was found by a jury to be insane at the time of his crime, thereby avoiding a jail sentence of up to 12 years.

He was sentenced to Atascadero State Hospital, a psychiatric hospital, where he reportedly underwent treatment for almost a year. He has since begun a substance abuse program at the VA hospital in Palo Alto.

— Daniel DeBolt


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Posted by 93 Los Altos Grad
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 31, 2010 at 9:05 pm

It is very interesting how Binkley gets probation for his crime. I guess being from Los Altos pays off on doing time in real prison. There are several Los Altos grads from our class that are currently doing 25 to life for various crimes and they did not blame it on their PTSD because of their upbringing. Don't use our country's military for your crimes and your drug use. That's BS. I served in our military and I do nothing but thank them for my success, but I don't have a drug problem and I saw much more then Bosnia. I wish you luck and hope you invest your time teaching others to not make the same mistakes. Your case is not a landmark case for vets for PTSD. I wish you luck and stay off drugs. That's the real reason for this case.

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