New Details Surface In 1992 Murder Of Gay Sailor

More than 23 years after the brutal gay bashing murder of a U.S. Navy sailor stationed in Japan, new information about the Navy’s investigation into the incident has emerged from a Freedom of Information Act request filed by San Francisco gay activist Michael Petrelis. Petrelis this week released to the public a 900-page Naval investigative report he obtained from his FOIA request on the death of Allen R. Schindler, 22, a radioman stationed aboard the Navy’s amphibious assault ship Belleau Wood, which was docked in October 1992 in Sasebo, Japan. Naval investigators disclosed back then that two of Schindler’s shipmates were charged with beating him to death on Oct. 27, 1992 in a men’s bathroom at a public park in Sasebo not far from where their ship was docked. One of the two attackers, Airman Apprentice Terry M. Helvey, 21, was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the slaying. - See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/11/10/new-details-surface-in-1992-murder-of-gay-sailor/#sthash.K7oSU9wq.MpNzjR4Q.dpuf

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