Female U.S. Soldier Pleads Guilty to Desertion

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Pfc. Kimberly Rivera entered her plea Monday, and was sentenced to 10 months in prison and a bad-conduct discharge.

FORT CARSON, CO (AP) -- A female soldier in the U.S. Army has pleaded guilty to desertion, after fleeing to Canada to avoid a second tour of duty in the Iraq war.

Pfc. Kimberly Rivera entered her plea Monday, and was sentenced to 10 months in prison and a bad-conduct discharge.

The 30-year-old has said she became disillusioned with the U.S. mission in Iraq while serving there in 2006.

During a two-week leave in the U.S. in 2007, Rivera crossed the Canadian border after she was ordered to serve another tour in Iraq. She applied for refugee status but was denied.

She is the first female U.S. Army soldier to flee to Canada to avoid a second tour of duty in the Iraq war.

The link below takes you to the Huffington Post article on Kimberly Rivera.


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