An Army soldier involved in a vehicle crash last year that killed a West Point cadet and injured more than 20 others was convicted of negligent homicide and sentenced to three years of confinement, military officials announced on Tuesday.
Staff Sgt. Ladonies P. Strong was behind the wheel of a truck that overturned in June 2019 on the way to a training exercise about eight miles from West Point’s main campus in upstate New York. One cadet, Christopher J. Morgan, died at the scene of the accident. Two trainers and 19 other cadets were injured.
Sergeant Strong, who was also convicted of prevention of authorized seizure of property, was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter, reckless operation of a vehicle and two counts of dereliction of duty, according to a statement from the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, in Georgia.
As a result of the conviction, a military panel reduced the staff sergeant’s rank to private and ordered her “to be confined for three years” and then “discharged from the service with a bad-conduct discharge,” the statement said.
Military officials did not immediately provide the name of Sergeant Strong’s lawyer.
The truck Sergeant Strong was driving on June 6 was a light medium tactical vehicle, and it overturned near Camp Natural Bridge, a summer training site of mountainous terrain.
Shortly after the crash, Alan C. Mack, a deputy commissioner for the emergency management agency in Orange County, N.Y., said, “These vehicles are very prone to rollover.”
“It’s one of the downsides of them,” he said. “They’re high-axle vehicles, so they can get through water and mud or that kind of stuff.”
A spokesman for Fort Stewart, Kevin Larson, did not state a cause for the crash.
Mr. Morgan, 22, who was expected to graduate in 2020, was a member of the academy’s wrestling team and had a standout wrestling career at his high school in West Orange, N.J., his hometown.