Ex-soldier convicted in grisly Arizona crash

A former Army soldier has been convicted of leaving the scene of a Tucson crash that severed the arm of an Air Force military police officer.

The Arizona Daily Star says 27-year-old Joseph Maverick also was found guilty Thursday of tampering with evidence by throwing the arm in a trash bin. He's scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 6.

Authorities say Maverick agreed to give a ride on Sept. 14, 2009, to two men, including 22-year-old Aaron D. Soetaert of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.

Police say Soetaert got into a fight with Maverick while the vehicle was moving and it sideswiped a tree, which severed Soetaert's right arm just below the shoulder.

Instead of reporting the wreck, prosecutors say Maverick called 911 to report his vehicle stolen and threw away the severed arm he found in the back seat.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com