Saturday, May 21 2022

A young sailor was sentenced to 30 months in prison this summer in connection with the death of another sailor in early 2020, according to recently released Navy trial results.

Hospital apprentice Ethan J. Helems was convicted by a military jury in June of manslaughter, negligent homicide, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a car crash and made an official false statement in connection with the January 1, 2020, death of hospital worker Thomas Adrian Dion Campbell.

In more than 30 months in detention, Helems was sentenced to a reduction in grade to E-1 and discharge for misconduct, according to Navy records.

His Navy defense attorney did not respond to emails seeking comment.

Both men were assigned to the Naval Health Clinic in Charleston, South Carolina.

Campbell, one of several people in the bed of a truck Helems was driving, was thrown from the vehicle when it struck a tree aboard Naval Support Activity Charleston at around 1:15 a.m. on New Years Day.

Helems’ indictment says he was under the influence of alcohol while driving the truck and quickly accelerated at one point.

The indictment also states that Helems left the scene of the crash without providing assistance and then told Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents that he left his truck elsewhere and returned to the barracks.

Geoff is a senior Navy reporter for the Military Times. He has covered Iraq and Afghanistan extensively and was recently a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He welcomes all kinds of advice at [email protected]


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