It was reported this week that a Navy Captain and former astronaut, who plead guilty to felony burglary and misdemeanor battery charges was sentenced to one year of probation.
[Lisa] Nowak confronted her romantic rival, Colleen Shipman, in the parking lot of Orlando International Airport in February 2007 after driving from Houston. Shipman had begun dating Nowak's love interest, former space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein.
Wearing a wig and trenchcoat, Nowak followed Shipman to the parking lot and tried to get into her car, then attacked her with pepper spray. Shipman was able to drive away.
Police arrested Nowak a short time later in the parking lot near a trash can where she was seen getting rid of a bag. In Nowak's bag police found a steel mallet, a knife, a BB pistol, rubber tubing and several large garbage bags.
So let’s make sure I have this straight: a gay service member who was outed is discharged while a Captain who faces life in prison, and who violates the UCMJ for adultery and assault, gets off with a virtual slap on the wrist? And as if that weren’t bad enough, she continues to collect paychecks and will likely be able to retire with benefits. Something is wrong with this picture.