Tag: Army Spc. Kevin Holyan

Military February 06, 2019

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Stars and Stripes | By Wyatt Olson: Soldier who Shot Himself in Head Appeals Army’s Decision to Deny Benefits

The Army maintains that its determination was warranted because it says Holyan was intoxicated when the shooting happened.

In an April memo to the 101st Airborne commander, the chief of Fort Campbell’s Administrative and Civil Law Division wrote: “Evidence exists to show SPC Holyan abused intoxicating liquor and voluntarily became intoxicated.”

“A reasonable and prudent person would not handle a firearm while intoxicated and would not put a firearm to his head and pull the trigger, even thinking it was unloaded,” said the memo, a redacted version of which was provided to Stars and Stripes by Tully Rinckey.

The memo said Holyan’s blood-alcohol level was .178 percent according to a test taken at the hospital in which he was treated. The Uniform Code of Military Justice assumes an individual is impaired to operate vehicles and vessels at a .10 blood-alcohol level.

Military January 29, 2019

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Timmons described Hoylan as a young and relatively inexperienced junior enlisted soldier who “fell victim to peer pressure” to do something stupid when he accidentally shot himself in the head. There is no evidence that Hoylan was to avoid service by becoming permanently disabled.

“The regulation is very clear that absent willful misconduct in the commission of a crime or deliberate intent to harm someone, it’s line of duty,” Timmons said. “Here, in this case, my client did not intentionally mean to harm himself. Although it was a reckless, stupid act, he had no thought there was actually a bullet in the gun when he fired it. Because of his lack of knowledge, by default the rule is line of duty.”

As a result of his injuries, Hoylan is paralyzed and he suffered brain damage, Timmons said. Ultimately, either Army Secretary Mark Esper will decide Hoylan’s appeal, which is due on Feb. 28.
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