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Sterling DeRamus Comments on Navy Yard Shooting

WUSA Channel 9

By Debra Alfarone

With all we have heard Aaron Alexis’ brushes with the law, and his possible mental health issues, how was it possible that Navy Yard shooter was allowed access to the Washington Navy Yard base?

The Navy admits Aaron Alexis’s time in the Navy included a pattern of misconduct, including gun infractions, so why would the Navy welcome him onto the base as a contractor? By all accounts, he had a legitimate ID when he entered the base Monday.

A look at Alexis’ past brushes with the law includes:

  • In 2004, Seattle police arrested Alexis for shooting out a car’s tires in what he called an “anger-fueled blackout.” He was not convicted.
  • In 2010, Fort Worth, Texas police arrest Alexis for firing his gun into his ceiling, presumably at a neighbor he had words with, but he was never charged.

Then, the Navy moved to discharge Alexis due to a pattern of on-duty misconduct that would get most people fired from their civilian jobs including:

  • insubordination
  • disorderly conduct
  • unauthorized absences
  • and at least one instance of intoxication

Retired Navy Reserve Captain Sterling DeRamus is a military law expert, “It seems very odd to me that he should have gotten clearance. Anytime somebody has been discharged from the Navy for a pattern of misconduct…that’s got to raise a huge red flag. And that will be part of a DD214 and that’s part of his service record that will follow him forever.”

But did this information follow?

Friends say the 34-year-old moved to our area a month ago to work for a Hewlett Packard subcontractor called “The Experts,” working on the Navy’s Intranet.

DeRamus sums up his assessment this way, “Somewhere along the line a mistake was made.”


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