Army Charges Fort Drum Soldier With Murder Of Boy


The Army has charged a 31 year old Fort Drum soldier with the murder of his young stepson.

After an extensive investigation, Staff Sergeant Raheem Hollis was charged with:

- murder
- manslaughter
- false official statements
- assault
- obstruction of justice

The Army filed the charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice last Wednesday.

Hollis is accused in the December 10, 2012 death of his 4 year old stepson, Michael Sanders, at their on-post home in the Crescent Woods housing development.

Fort Drum officials say the boy was pronouced dead at Samaritan Medical Center.

Hollis is not being confined, officials say, but he is in a very controlled situation and cannot leave the post.

The next step, officials say, is an Article 32 hearing -- similar to a preliminary hearing in civilian courts -- which determines if there is enough evidence to merit a general court-martial.

According to Fort Drum, Hollis is a combat engineer with the 1st Brigade Combat Team.

He arrived at Fort Drum in August 2012.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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