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Saturday, May 28, 2016

DUI Charges Brought Against former Navy SEAL Who Says He Shot Bin Laden

Robert O'Neill, a former Navy SEAL, was arrested on charges of DUI several weeks ago. According to O'Neill's statement, he is the man who fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden. O'Neill was arrested when found asleep in a car parked at a convenience store in his hometown of Butte, Montana. According to Butte-Silver Bow County Undersheriff George Skuletich, customers at the store called the police at 2:30 a.m. to report a man sleeping behind the wheel of an auto that was still running. The responding officer woke the man up, identified him, and observed that he was behaving oddly. The man was confused and appeared to be "under the influence of something."

Evidence that something was amiss was plentiful. Although O'Neill denied drinking, he gave several varying accounts about where he had been. He also told the officers that he had taken prescription medication to help him sleep. In addition, O'Neil failed one sobriety test and refused to perform others. Once brought to the jail, he refused to have a test taken to determine his blood alcohol content. At that point, he was charged with driving under the influence, a misdemeanor.

O'Neill was released from jail at 4:26 a.m., after posting bail of $685. According to records, this was his first arrest and he thanked the police for their courtesy and professionalism. He has entered a plea of "Not Guilty," insisting that his odd behavior was a reaction to a prescribed sleep medication that he takes to help "long-standing severe insomnia." O'Neill is quoted as saying, “While the timing was bad and I highly regret this decision, I am innocent of the charge [and] am confident I will soon be cleared of this matter.”

Though O’Neill began publicly discussing his role in the 2011 bin Laden raid two years ago, Pentagon officials previously said it is not clear whose shots killed bin Laden. Nonetheless, O'Neill is acknowledged as a member of the team who rescued the captain of a merchant ship taken hostage by Somali pirates, the mission that was the subject of the film "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks.

Clearly, no one is above the law. Even heroes can be arrested on charges of DUI. No matter what your occupation or standing in the community, if you are arrested on charges of DUI, you require the services of the experienced attorneys at Ianniello Anderson who will vigorously defend you. We serve clients in the Albany, Clifton Park, Glens Falls, Saratoga Springs, Troy, and the entire Northeastern NY areas and can be reached at (518) 350.7755.

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