TAMPA, Fla. – A former Marine who suffered severe brain trauma in combat has pleaded guilty in a fatal drunken-driving accident in Florida that highlighted the military's diagnosis of cases like his.
Scott Sciple (SY-puhl) pleaded guilty Thursday in Tampa to DUI manslaughter and DUI with personal injury in a 2010 wreck that killed a 48-year-old father.
Sciple's family and lawyer blamed the crash on his injuries suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for heroism.
He will be released to a Virginia treatment facility and got credit for a year of time served. He also got two years of house arrest and 12 years of probation.
The case spurred the military to acknowledge it should be more thorough in evaluating and treating post-traumatic stress disorder.