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A killer brought to justice: Suspect in soldiers death in custody

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- His father says he never expected it to happen, the capture of someone who allegedly shot and killed his son ten years ago.

Matt Maupin, a 24-year-old native of Union Township, Clermont County, symbolized the yellow ribbon campaign to leave no one behind.  Matt Maupin was a graduate of Glen Este High School.  Even today, there is a hand-made sign on the fence at the school which says, "We love Matt.  Of course, no one loved Matt more than did his family.

Keith Maupin will never forget when his son Matt went missing, "He was captured April 9th, 2004.  They found his remains March 21, 2008.  He didn't get home until until April 26th"
   
Master Sergeant Matt Maupin was guarding a convoy in Iraq when he was captured.  The captors showed video of the American soldier, but it's believed Maupin was killed soon after that.  The Maupin family never gave up hope that their son would either be found alive, or at least returned home for burial. 

Recently, Keith Maupin says the army notified him that Matt's suspected killer is in jail in Iraq.  Keith Maupin says he's going to the Pentagon on Tuesday for a video teleconference with the judge in Iraq who is handling the case.
    
Keith says he never expected anyone to be caught, "Never did. I don't think even thought about it.  When they brought Matt home I thought it couldn't go on anymore, but it's gotten stronger for some reason."
  
Stronger as with the yellow ribbon support center.  The shelves at the Yellow Ribbon Support Center are lined with things which are to be sent to soldiers overseas.  There are magazines, snacks, and toiletries.  They're all sent over in a box which has Matt Maupin's picture on it, and a picture of another soldier, Sgt. Bowe Burgall, who is still missing.
    
Keith Maupin is not sure what he'll say to the judge in Iraq except that he wants the suspect, if he's guilty, to receive whatever punishment the law allows over there.

"You know it's all about holding them accountable.  You don't owe me anything but you owe that boy everything.  He lived by the warrior ethos. They expect nothing less or more of you than  get him home," Keith said.

It's assumed the suspect in Iraq would face the death penalty if convicted.  But again, Keith Maupin says accountability and bringing someone to justice is more important to him than the specifics of the sentence as long as that sentence is whatever is allowed.
       
If you'd like to learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Support Center and sending supplies overseas CLICK HERE.



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