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Ex-Navy SEAL Discharged After Conviction In Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Navy SEAL has been given an “other than honorable” discharge, two months after he was convicted in Nevada on 13 federal charges related to arms trafficking.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the discharge given to Nicholas Bickle is the most severe form of administrative separation from military service.

Unlike dishonorable or bad conduct discharges, which can be issued after military members have been found guilty in a court martial, other than honorable discharges can occur when they are convicted in civilian courts.

A federal jury in late October found Bickle guilty of charges he headed a scheme to sell machine guns, explosives and military hardware from Iraq and Afghanistan in the United States.

The petty officer first class, who was deployed twice to Iraq, awaits sentencing Jan. 20.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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