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Guard dismisses charges against crash survivor
Coast Guard dismisses charges against sole survivor of 2010 helicopter crash off Washington
By The Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) ' The U.S. Coast Guard has dismissed negligent homicide and other charges against the sole survivor of a 2010 helicopter crash off the Washington coast.

The decision in the case of Lt. Lance Leone was handed down Tuesday. It was in line with the recommendations of an investigating officer, who oversaw a three-day military hearing in December.

Leone was the co-pilot of the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter flying from Astoria, Ore., to the crew's base in Sitka, Alaska, when it crashed off the Washington coast in July 2010.

He was charged with negligent homicide, dereliction of duty and destruction of government property.

Killed in the crash were pilot Sean Krueger and crewmen Brett Banks and Adam C. Hoke. The negligent homicide charges related to them.

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