A former Navy commander stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for lying about a drunken fight with a commissary worker who was found dead and floating in the bay.
Retired Navy captain John Nettleton's sentence came down more than five years after Christopher Tur's body was found. Nettleton was not charged in Tur's death but was convicted in January of six counts of obstruction of justice and lying to officials.
He was sentenced Thursday following an hourslong hearing where Tur's mother and siblings pleaded for a severe sentence. Nettleton's family and friends described him as an upstanding veteran combat helicopter pilot who led a life of integrity, during their time in front of the judge.