Andrew P. Witt

Andrew P. Witt

Infobox Military Person
name = Andrew P. Witt
lived = b. 1982
placeofbirth = West Salem, Wisconsin, United States
placeofdeath =


caption = Convicted murderer Senior Airman Andrew Witt is escorted to the courtroom by two Security Forces guards and his attorney Capt. Doug Rawald.
nickname =
allegiance = United States of America
serviceyears =
rank = Senior Airman
branch = U.S. Air Force
commands =
unit = 116th Air Control Wing
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Andrew Paul Witt (born 1982) is a Senior Airman in the United States Air Force who was convicted and sentenced to death for the murders of a fellow Airman and his wife while he was an avionics technician in the 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base. [http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2006/10/22/deathpenalty/00lead.txt]

Early life

Witt grew up in West Salem, Wisconsin and graduated, in 2000, from Aquinas High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin. [http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2005/10/11/news/02witt.txt] He entered the Air Force in 2001 and was assigned to Robins Air Force Base in August 2002.

The crime

During the Article 32 hearing, similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding, Senior Airman Jason King testified that Senior Airman Andrew Schliepsiek became very angry when his wife told him during a July 4 cookout that Witt, an acquaintance of the others, had tried to kiss her the night before.

Verdict

SrA Andrew Witt was found guilty of two specifications of premeditated murder of SrA Schliepsiek and his wife, Jamie, and one specification of attempted premeditated murder of then-Senior Airman Jason King.

In the presentencing phase, Witt submitted a written statement where he took responsibility for his actions but asked the jury to spare his life. It read:

"I would like to apologize again to the Schliepsieks, the Bielenbergs, the Kings, my family, and the Air Force for my actions," he wrote. "My life has changed dramatically since that night, and I plan to continue to make changes. I want you to know that I am firmly resolved to lead a productive life in the service of others and will not wander from this path if given the chance. Please allow me to live so that I can do this. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my thoughts with you."

The Airman also discussed his Air Force career:

"I regret losing my focus on the Air Force mission -- looking back, I do truly love the Air Force, and I have been proud to wear the uniform,” he wrote. "I understand that my actions mean that I will never wear it again once this trial is over, and I am sorry for that as well. I am sorry for the discredit I have brought upon the Air Force and the negative attention I have brought to Robins Air Force Base."

Airman Witt was sentenced to death by a military panel. [http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2005/10/14/news/00lead.txt] His death sentence is the first Air Force death sentence since the "United States vs. Jose Simoy" in 1990, which on appeal, the death penalty was set aside and Mr. Simoy is currently serving life in prison.

Witt is now the only Airman to sit on death row at United States Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. [ [http://news.mywebpal.com/partners/963/public/news663210.html Houston Home Journal ] ]

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