"Birther" Army Doc Gets 6 Months
** ADDS DATE ** President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters after his meeting with Democratic congressional leaders on a year-end bipartisan agreement to extend expiring tax cuts, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, part of the White House complex, in Washington, Monday, Dec. 6 2010 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Thursday, Dec 16, 2010 Updated at 4:30 PM EDT
An Army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned President Barack Obama's eligibility to be commander in chief has been sentenced to six months in a military prison and will be dismissed from the Army.
A military jury sentenced Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin on Thursday after three days of court-martial proceedings at Fort Meade in Maryland.
Before sentencing, Lakin had been found guilty of missing a flight that would have gotten him to his eventual deployment.
He also pleaded guilty to disobeying orders to meet with a superior and to report to Fort Campbell in Kentucky, the base from which he would have deployed to Afghanistan.
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