Ex-soldier gets jail term for grisly Arizona crash

A former Army soldier involved in an Arizona crash that severed the arm of an Air Force military police officer has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years probation.

Joseph Maverick was sentenced Monday. He was convicted in October of leaving the scene of the Tucson accident and tampering with evidence by throwing the arm in a trash bin.

The Arizona Daily Star says the 27-year-old Maverick agreed to give a ride on Sept. 14, 2009, to two men, including Aaron 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.


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