An angry judge imposed a series of unique and humiliating punishments on two men who dressed up as military veterans in an attempt to receive lighter sentences for unrelated crimes.
Ryan Morris, 28, and Troy Nelson, 33, confronted Judge Greg Pinski last week in Montana in the United States for violating the terms of their previous suspended sentences for other charges.
Morris was originally accused of burglary in 2017 after allegedly pinching assets worth $ 1500 ($ A2229) from his landlord.
Meanwhile, USA today reports that Nelson was charged with forgery and abuse of the elderly last year after he allegedly took money from his neighbor's bank account.
Both reportedly violated their release conditions, and Morris had previously told a court that he was a military veteran who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan and had suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and related physical injuries at your service.
Nelson also lied about his military career and even joined the Veterans Treatment Tribunal.
In pronouncing their sentences for their violations, Judge Greg Pinski focused on their lies about their service and stated that their behavior was "repugnant to the men and women who actually served our country" .
"There are some people – shameful people – who have not put their lives in danger for this country that they retract for doing so," he said, according to Metro.
"You have been nothing but disrespectful in your conduct. Certainly you have not respected the army.
"You didn't respect the veterans. You didn't respect the court. And you didn't respect yourself."
Nelson, who was charged with a criminal offense for possession of dangerous drugs, was sentenced to five years in prison, with a two-year suspension.
Morris was accused of burglary and received a 10-year sentence with three years suspended.
But both men have also received several other conditions that they must fulfill before they can be admitted to conditional release.
Judge Pinski ordered them to hand-write the names of all 6756 Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and the obituaries of the 40 people from Montana who died.
They must also write letters of apology for their lies to groups and associations, including the American legion, American veterans, disabled American veterans, American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan , the veterans of the foreign wars and the veterans of Vietnam of America.
They must both serve 441 hours of community service, which represents an hour for each of the Montanians killed in combat by the Korean War.
Every year during the suspended portions of their sentences, men must also stay at the Montana Veterans Memorial for eight hours on each Memorial and Veterans Day with a sign that reads: "I'm a liar. I'm not a veteran. I stole value. I have dishonored all the veterans. "
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