Clint Allen Lorance Wiki – Bio
Clint Allen Lorance is a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army who in August 2013 was found guilty on two counts of second-degree murder for ordering soldiers in his platoon to open fire at three men on a motorcycle in southern Afghanistan in July 2012. He was confined in the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas until he was fully pardoned and ordered released by President Donald Trump, on November 15, 2019.
Clint Allen Lorance Age
Clint Allen Lorance age is 34 years (born December 13, 1984)
Clint Allen Lorance
December 13, 1984
Hobart, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of North Texas|
|Occupation||U.S. Army officer|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Criminal penalty||2 Counts 2nd Degree Murder, sentence – 19 years imprisonment, Pardoned by the President of the United States|
|Date||July 2, 2012|
Clint Allen Lorance Court-martial proceedings
At his trial in August 2013, nine members of his platoon testified against him. Clint Allen Lorance never testified in the court hearings, though he did take responsibility for his men’s actions. Three men on a motorcycle were speeding towards the platoon and ignoring commands to stop. His soldiers testified that the platoon was walking through a field of grapes on patrol when a motorcycle was spotted approximately 600 feet away and that the motorcycle could not have reached the platoon’s position in the grape field. Attorneys for Clint Allen Lorance attempted to cast doubt on four of the soldiers’ accounts, arguing that they were granted immunity in exchange for their testimony. The other five soldiers who testified against Clint Allen Lorance did not receive immunity. At the end of a three-day trial, Clint Allen Lorance was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder, obstruction of justice, and other charges “related to a pattern of threatening and intimidating actions toward Afghans” as the platoon’s leader. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, forfeiture of all pay, and dismissal from the Army.
Attorney for Clint Allen Lorance
In December 2014, an attorney for Clint Allen Lorance filed pleadings alleging that Clint Allen Lorance was the victim of prosecutorial misconduct. In January 2015, supporters created a petition on the White House website asking the Obama Administration to grant a Presidential pardon to Clint Allen Lorance. It received 124,966 signatures. The White House declined to comment on the specifics, saying instead that requests for executive clemency for federal offenses should be directed to the Office of the Pardon Attorney.
Clint Allen Lorance Airborne Division
On January 5, 2015, the Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division, Major General Richard Clarke, completed a review and upheld Clint Allen Lorance’s conviction. General Clarke upheld the guilty verdict from the court-martial panel and directed one year off the original sentence of 20 years confinement due to post-trial delay. In September 2015, defense attorneys filed a petition with the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals for a new trial, claiming that evidence linking the two killed Afghans to terror networks was left out of Clint Allen Lorance’s court-martial, but the court ruled in June 2017 that the evidence would not have been permitted at trial, and even if it had, it would not have helped Clint Allen Lorance’s case.
One of Clint Allen Lorance’s defense attorneys, lawyer and author Don Brown, published a book in 2019 entitled Travesty of Justice, in which he argued that the Army did not permit the jury to consider evidence showing that Afghan National Army soldiers accompanying Clint Allen Lorance’s patrol began firing at the motorcycle first, and kept biometrics evidence from the jury suggesting the motorcycle riders were Taliban bombmakers. Brown had urged President Donald Trump to release Clint Allen Lorance from prison and return him to active duty in the Army.
In 2019, Clint Allen Lorance’s case was featured in the Starz documentary series Leavenworth.
On November 15, 2019, President Trump granted him clemency, consisting of a full pardon, and ordered Clint Allen Lorance’s release.