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City native accused of war crimes in Iraq

October 30, 2018 GMT

A Bishop Dwenger graduate and Navy SEAL is being held in a military prison in California, where he is fighting charges he committed war crimes in Iraq last year.   Eddie Gallagher was charged this month with several crimes, including allegedly stabbing an Islamic State fighter to death, according to the Navy Times. The newspaper reported he and about a dozen other SEALs are accused of committing crimes while in Iraq between 2017 and this year.   Citing leaked court documents that had been sealed by a military judge, the newspaper reported Gallagher : a sniper : also faces other charges related to shooting two “noncombatants” in June 2017.    Gallagher is the only person who has been jailed in the case, according to the Navy Times. He is being held at Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in San Diego.    A call to his attorney was not immediately returned today.    Jessica Zimmerman doesn’t remember Gallagher as a war criminal. A licensed mental health counselor, Zimmerman met him when she was in high school : she at North Side and he at Dwenger.    “Big heart,” she said of Gallagher. “He would do anything for anybody. He was kind of quiet, always willing to help. He was a trustworth, kind, good guy.”   The Navy Times reported Gallagher was arrested in September by Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents at a facility where service members are treated for traumatic brain injury.    Zimmerman is working to organize a fundraiser to pay Gallagher’s legal fees and to help his family : a wife, Andrea, and three children : in Florida.     “His bio is absolutely impeccable,” she said. “He’s so decorated.   For more on this story, see Tuesday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette or return to www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Tuesday.   mleblanc@jg.net