March 11th, 2009 | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

G.I. Crip: Gangbanger's Iraq Combat Bid Put on Hold

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There may be no combat pay for one Crip-affiliated local after all.

The defense attorney for Levell Peters, a convicted felon whom the Oregon National Guard was seeking to deploy to Iraq, canceled a hearing this morning in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

A military lawyer had asked Judge Marshall Amiton to change the terms of Peters' probation so he could carry a gun and deploy to Iraq with the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team this summer. Peters was convicted of a felony count of illegal use of a weapon in connection with a gang-related gun battle in North Portland last year.

Now it appears the Guard may have dropped the case after WW wrote about it last week.

Court records show defense attorney Gary Bertoni canceled this morning's hearing. Sean Riddell, the deputy district attorney on the case, says as far as he knows it's been canceled for good. Unless the judge changes Peters' probation, Riddell has said it would be a felony for anyone to give Peters a weapon, even the military.

Major Mike Braibish, the spokesman for the Oregon National Guard, has not returned repeated calls for comment on the case since March 2.
 
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