The DUI charges against the former Navy SEAL who claims that he shot and killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 have been dropped.
Robert O’Neill was arrested in Montana at the start of the summer. Police found O’Neill asleep in his car that was parked at a local convenience store.
“The facts are that I took a prescribed sleep aid to help with long-standing severe insomnia,” O’Neill said. “While the timing was bad and I highly regret this decisions, I am innocent of the charge and have entered a plea of not guilty.”
According to the New York Post, O’Neill failed a field sobriety test, would not perform other tests, and refused a look alcohol content test at the jail.
In early October, as the Navy Times reports, Montana prosecutors have dropped the DUI charge against O’Neill.
“I am pleased that the charge has been dropped and the case dismissed without prejudice,” O’Neill added. “I look forward to putting this matter behind me.”
In 2014, O’Neill said that he was the Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama bin Laden in a May 2, 2011, raid on a compound in Pakistan.
O’Neill has received more than 52 military awards, including two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars with Valor, three Presidential Unit citations, two Navy/Marine Corps Commendations with Valor, and a Joint Service Commendation Medal.
O’Neill and other seals were in Miami in 2011 practicing diving and his team got a call to deploy for a special mission: to locate Osama bin Laden.
At first, O’Neill’s commanding officers informed him and his team that they were going to capture Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, but they soon learned the real mission was to find the man thought responsible for the September 11 tourist attacks.
According to the Daily Mail, O’Neill and his team referred to themselves as the “Marty’s Brigade,” and wrote emotional letters to their families because they thought they would not be returning from this particular mission.
“He was standing there two feet in front of me, hand on his wife, the face I’ve seen thousands of times,” O’Neill sad. “I thought, ‘We got him, we just ended the war.’”
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