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US soldier who dropped 3 Humvees from plane in viral video is found guilty

May 09, 2018

A U.S. Army sergeant was found guilty Wednesday of destroying government property after it was determined he deliberately cut the parachute straps of three Humvees that later fell out of a C-130 during a training exercise in Germany in 2016.

A court-martial in Germany found Sgt. John Skipper guilty of three instances of destroying military property and of lying during the investigation, the Army said, the Washington Post reported.

Skipper faces a reduction in grade and a bad conduct discharge from the military.

Skipper, of 1st Battalion, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy, was charged in May 2017 for playing a part in the destruction of the three Humvees.

The video of the failed Humvee drop went viral in April 2016. It has been viewed more than 1.4 million times.

It shows the vehicles slip from their parachute harnesses in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft dropped roughly 150 supply bundles, vehicles, communications equipment and weapons systems during the Saber Junction 16 exercise.

The maximum charges for destruction of government property are dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and 10 years in prison.