"MY DIET MADE ME DO IT" CONVICTED KILLER
SAYS - STAFF SGT RASHAD VALMONT BLAMES
EXECUTION-STYLE SLAYING OF SENIOR NCO
ON "DEHYDRATION" FROM CRASH DIETING - GETS
LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE - CONVICTED
OF PREMEDITATED MURDER - SOLDIER HAD
BEEN ORDERED TO LOSE WEIGHT - STOPPED
EATING, WORKED OUT IN GYM TO LOSE POUNDS
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SSGT Rashad Valmont walked into the office of his senior NCO at Ft. Gillem, Ga., raised the Glock pistol and opened fire. Six bullets slammed into MSGT Pedro Mercado and the top non-com crumpled to the floor.
Now Valmont will spend the rest of his life behind prison bars with no chance of parole.
Ironically, Mercado was one of the few senior NCO's who tried to be a "peacemaker" and had "defended Valmont in the past," Now, the 30-year Army veteran lay dead, just days short of retirement.
A POOR SOLDIER WITH A BIG WEIGHT PROBLEM
The pudgy Valmont was by all accounts a poor soldier. The record showed he was habitually late for duty, didn't follow orders he didn't like, and looked sloppy in his uniform.
Prior to the June 2010 shooting, Valmont was repeatedly counseled and told to lose weight. After a poor EER (enlisted evaluation report), Valmont apparently decided to strike back,
He had been on a crash diet and, according to a girlfriend, had stopped eating, in an effort to shed unwanted pounds.
What may have pushed him into committing murder was an order by female NCO Tracy Mosley to dump 3% of his body weight in one day. An Army psychiatrist testified that Valmont flipped out and was "delirious from dehydration" when he killed Mercado. But witnesses to the shooting said the killer sullenly stared into the computer screen on his desk for some time before suddenly getting up, striding into Mercado's office, and blasting away.
As soon as he had emptied his weapon into the writhing body of his dying supervisor, Valmont drove himself to the Lake City Police Station and surrendered. He was tried and convicted at Fort Stewart in Georgia.
RECALLING THE SO-CALLED "TWINKIE DEFENSE"
Old-timers may recall another similar case.
San Francisco Supervisor Dan White, who executed fellow Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone at gunpoint, used the so-called "Twinkie-defense." The ex-army paratrooper in Vietnam and hero fireman claimed a high-sugar diet caused him to act irrationally.
But prosecutors proved White (thought by some to be homophobic as well as homicidal) planned his premeditated murders, slipping into city hall through a window left unlocked. After shooting Milk, White calmly re-loaded his handgun and walked to the other end of the building, where he slew Mayor Moscone.
Both Valmont and White killed in cold-blood. They got what they deserved. More so for White. A short time after getting out of jail, he committed suicide.