Fort Bragg soldier demoted for using fake identity

POSTED: 8:13 AM Dec 19 2013   UPDATED: 12:50 PM Dec 19 2013
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -

A soldier who used his brother's identification to join the Army 25 years ago has been demoted after a court-martial at Fort Bragg.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that Sgt. Maj. William Anthony Morrone Jr. was convicted Wednesday of fraudulent enlistment and making false official statements.

Prosecutors said Morrone used his brother Gerald's name and Social Security number throughout his 25-year military career.

William Morrone said he used his brother's identity in 1988 because he could not get back into the Army after getting a less-than-honorable discharge in the early 1980s.

The military judge demoted Morrone to sergeant first class.

Military prosecutors had asked that he be demoted to private, given a dishonorable discharge, have his pay and benefits terminated and be sentenced to prison.