4 Sill soldiers charged in home invasion

Associated Press

LAWTON, Okla. — Four soldiers from an Oklahoma Army post were being held Wednesday on charges connected with a home invasion last week in which four people were shot and wounded.

Court records released Wednesday show that Pfc. Kevon McLaren, 22, was being held on $2 million bond, while Pvt. Richard Daly, 24, and Pfc. Claude Byrd II, 27, were being held on $1 million bond.

All three Fort Sill-based soldiers broke into an apartment on Sept. 20, Comanche County prosecutors contend in charging documents. The alleged getaway driver, 20-year-old Pfc. Jared Berman, was charged with being an accessory to a crime and was held on $45,000 bond.

Daly, Byrd and McLaren were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, three counts of first-degree robbery, and five counts of kidnapping. McLaren, who witnesses alleged in a probable cause affidavit was the shooter, also was charged with shooting with intent to kill and first-degree burglary.

The four were in jail Wednesday, and online court records did not list attorneys for any of them.

According to affidavits filed in the case, McLaren shot the four adult victims and he, Daly and Byrd stole computers, DVDs, clothing and other items from the apartment in Lawton, which is about 80 miles southwest of Oklahoma City and is where the post is located.

Assistant District Attorney Eddie Valdez said he had just been assigned to the case and couldn’t provide additional details.

According to the affidavit, three of the victims told authorities they recognized Daly as one of the assailants.

One of the victims, Corey Sanders, declined to comment on Wednesday. Telephone listings for three others were disconnected and two were unavailable.

Fort Sill commander Maj. Gen. David Halverson said in a statement Tuesday that post officials are cooperating with the investigation.

“This was an isolated incident, well outside the norm in terms of the way our soldiers behave off-duty, and especially in Lawton, where our various unit relationships and community support initiatives have showcased our soldiers as good neighbors,” Halverson said.

The four soldiers are assigned to the 75th Fires Brigade, which Fort Sill spokesman Keith Pannell described as a field and air defense artillery unit.

  1. #1 by Peter on 09/29/2011 - 9:34

    They all look slightly inbred. Peter

  2. #2 by Ingrid B on 09/29/2011 - 9:34

    “well outside the norm” : “the norm” being what exactly?

  3. #3 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on 09/29/2011 - 9:34

    Captain Eric H. May

    LABOR DAY, 2011 — The first time I saw a paralyzed Iraq War veteran was at Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas, in 2005. He was a 20-year-old whose nervous system had been repeatedly blasted by RPG’s and IED’s in the Sunni Triangle. Bound to his self-propelled wheelchair with his teen bride steering it, he was more moving to me than the sobs of Cindy Sheehan or the songs of Joan Baez.

    Neural cases are an underreported reality of our unpopular wars because they bring the carnage of the Mideast back home to the Midwest. They rouse us from the fantastic American dream into the realistic Arab nightmare. They are increasing, too, because of improvements in armor and medicine, which transform what used to be mortal injuries into lifelong injuries instead. As more and more veterans succumb, they become an unwelcome burden on the Veterans Administration budget.

    At Camp Casey, I never imagined that I might become a paralyzed GI – which showed my lack of imagination. A year later I was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a fatal neurological disorder. I’ve been a quadriplegic for the last four years, and a VA patient, now down to a quarter of my former lung capacity, relying on a ventilator to breathe.

  4. #4 by galwayspaniard on 09/29/2011 - 9:34

    Three PFCs and one Private so the four of them may be new in military as Pvt is rank when you enter boot camp and PFC is easily obtained after finishing boot or basic training. Backgrounds of these three stellar performers prior to entering or being accepted for the military should be interesting. Fortunately no one was killed but these sociopaths shot four people.

  5. #5 by galwayspaniard on 09/30/2011 - 9:34

    The norm for Army is fortunately far different than what these four creeps displayed. Soldiers spoke out about the bad things going on since Army lowered enlisted standards years ago what with two wars going on. If there are thieves and bullies it is up to commanders to get them out of the Army. It might be useful to see if these four dregs had criminal records or signs of explosive behavior before joining Army.
    In 1969 got a glimpse of what modern munitions do and in 1970 spent months in a large Naval hospital where most of patients were Marines and soldiers.
    Wolfowitz, Perle and company had no concern for the devastating injuries their PNAC engineered war in 2003 would lead to. The death number for US service members in Iraq would be at least double the 4500 if they did not have the uparmored vehicles and did not wear the heavy, cumbersome body armor. The same type of lifelong misery brought on by war injuries is applicable for Iraqis, Libyans, Palestinians, Afghanis, etc. The Zionist war machine shows absolutely no remorse. They are CLUELESS and incredibly SELFISH. Young men in Israel either believe all the propaganda or find ways to stay out of the compulsory military service where if you are critically wounded or killed you will be forgotten in very short period of time.
    Cpt May has ALS. There is a higher rate in Gulf War vets. There may be a link to pesticides. But this is besides the point. For Cpt May and others thanks for looking for the truth.
    We will see what incredible pollution in Iraq and Afghanistan leads to- loss of topsoil, blowing wind, dust, toxins; chemicals at ports of Kuwait, toxins all over Iraq, depleted uranium…

  6. #6 by Pro-Gentile on 10/01/2011 - 9:34

    “The alleged getaway driver, 20-year-old Pfc. Jared Berman, was charged with being an accessory to a crime and was held on $45,000 bond.”

    The jew “getaway driver” has the most lenient sentence…

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