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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



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APRIL 3, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


SPRINGFIELD MAN SENTENCED FOR WEARING

MARINE CORPS UNIFORM, MEDALS


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for wearing a U.S. Marine Corps uniform and medals without authorization.


            Michael Paul Bramlett, 34, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge James C. England this morning to the maximum sentence of six months in federal prison without parole on each count, to be served concurrently.


            “This imposter received the maximum penalty for his dishonorable conduct,” Schlozman said. “Such disrespect for the brave men and women serving in our nation’s armed forces won’t be tolerated. Today’s tough sentence sends a clear message that we honor the patriots who legitimately wear the uniform in service to our country.”


            On Dec. 22, 2006, Bramlett pleaded guilty to wearing a Marine Corps uniform and to wearing decorations, medals, badges and ribbons of the armed forces without authorization from Dec. 8 to 13, 2005. Bramlett served in the Navy for three months in 1989, but has never served in the Marine Corps.


            Bramlett, who had applied to become a member of the Marine Corps League (a veterans organization made up exclusively of former Marines), attended the Springfield detachment’s annual dinner on Dec. 8, 2005. Bramlett arrived at the dinner dressed in a Marine Corps officer uniform, displaying officer rank insignia for a captain and many service ribbons, including a Silver Star, Navy Cross and Purple Heart. Bramlett claimed that he served in combat in Iraq and had been wounded.


            On Dec. 13, 2005, Bramlett participated in an honor guard ceremony at the National Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, dressed as before.


            This case was prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Oliver. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation


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