March 27, 2012
A former Fort Carson lieutenant suspected of planning an elaborate murder-for-hire plot involving Texas drug cartels was court-martialed for having an inappropriate relationship before leaving the Army two weeks ago, a Fort Carson spokesman said Tuesday.
Army 1st Lt. Kevin Corley, 29, was sentenced to dismissal from the Army after being found guilty by a military judge of conduct unbecoming an officer, according to Lt. Col. Steve Wollman, a post spokesman.
The lieutenant was among six people — including an active-duty Fort Carson sergeant — recently arrested in connection with a plan to allegedly ship pounds of marijuana out of Texas for a drug cartel comprised of undercover federal agents.
Federal prosecutors also allege Corley tried to assemble a four-person kill team to steal 20 kilograms of cocaine from a rival cartel.
In the Army since November 2008, Corley served with the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division. He deployed once — a five-month tour to Afghanistan in 2010.
Before joining the military, Corley attended South Carolina State University, where he started at safety on the football team for most of two seasons, said Bill Hamilton, the university’s sports information director.
Federal agents said they first talked to Corley while they brokered a deal with two men, Calvin Epps, 26, and Marcus Mickle, 20, to ship marijuana from Texas to South Carolina.
Epps and Mickle were recently arrested in South Carolina, prosecutors said.
Corley offered several services, documents said.
He boasted that weapons could “easily be stolen from military posts,” prosecutors said. Corley also offered to train up to 40 cartel members in two weeks.
And prosecutors said he discussed providing “wet work,” a term agents took to mean contract killings.
“Kevin Corley said he has already discussed this opportunity with several experienced soldiers in his platoon who expressed interest in working with the cartel,” prosecutors said.
Kevin Corley, Fort Carson Sgt. Samuel Walker, 28, and Shavar Davis, 29, of Denver are slated to appear in a Texas courtroom Thursday for a detention hearing.
Kevin Corley’s cousin, Jerome Corley, was fatally shot by agents as they made arrests on Saturday.
Walker served with the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson. He served two 12-month deployments, one to Iraq and another to Afghanistan.
Another person, Mario Corley, 40, was arrested in South Carolina in connection with the case.