Marine Raider Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter in Death of Green Beret

July 2, 2021 3:00 PM - Updated: July 2, 2021 5:14 PM

Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar. US Army
A Marine Raider was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, obstruction, conspiracy and charges of hazing in the 2017 homicide of an Army Green Beret in Mali.

A military jury found Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez guilty late Thursday after a three-week trial of the charges related to the death of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar in Bamako, Mali in a house shared by U.S. special operators.

The jury did not find Madera-Rodriguez guilty of murder or burglary, but did find him guilty of the lesser charge of housebreaking.

On June 4, 2017, Madera-Rodriguez, fellow Raider Kevin Maxwell and SEALs Anthony DeDolph and Adam Matthews broke into Melgar’s room in an attempt to humiliate the Green Beret after a perceived slight.

The Marines, SEALs, a British citizen and two Malian guards broke into Melgar’s room with a sledgehammer and DeDolph put the solider in a chokehold. After 30 seconds, Melgar did not regain consciousness and the SEALs and Marines attempted to resuscitate him.

Earlier this year, DeDolph was sentenced to 10 years in prison after a plea agreement. Matthews, the other SEAL, was sentenced to a year in prison in 2019. Maxwell, the other Marine Raider, was sentenced to four years.

Madera-Rodriguez’s sentencing will take place next week.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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