NCIS Investigation Leads To Conviction Of Former Commander Of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay

On Friday, Captain John Nettleton, 53, of Jacksonville, Florida who is the former Commander of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan also ordered Nettleton to serve one year of supervised release.

In January of 2020, Captain Nettleton was convicted by a federal jury of two counts of obstruction of justice, one count of conealment of material facts, one count of falsification of records, and two counts of making false statements, all related to his actions during the Navy’s investigation of the death of Christopher M. Tur.

Tur, 42, who was the Loss Prevention Safety Manager at the Naval Exchange Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, was found drowned in the waters of Guantanmo Bay on January 11, 2015.

An autopsy revealed that Tur had suffered injuries prior to his drowning. At the time of Tur’s death, Nettleton was the commanding officer of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.

An NCIS investigation determined that Tur confronted Nettleton at a party at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Officers’ Club on January 9, 2015, with allegations that Nettleton and Tur’s spouse had engaged in an extramarital affair. Later that same evening, Tur went to Nettleton’s residence and and there was a physical altercation between the two that left Tur injured.

On January 10, 2015 Tur was reported missing by other residents of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.

Despite knowing that Tur had been at his residence and injured during the altercation, Nettleton falsely informed his superior officers and other Navy personnel that Tur had last been seen at the Officer’s Club the night before. Nettleton also did not report that Tur had accused him of the extramarital affair, that Nettleton and Tur had engaged in a physical altercation at Nettleton’s residence, or that Tur had been injured. Nettleton persisted in this concealment and these false statements as the search for Tur and then the investigation into the circumstances of his death continued.

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