The federal government offered to drop a passport violation case against an Iraq war veteran facing deportation, according to multiple reports.
Petty Officer Elisha Dawkins was born in the Bahamas and brought to the US as a child. While growing up in Miami, Dawkins reportedly believed he was a US citizen.
However, while on active duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Dawkins was indicted on making a false statement on a 2006 passport application. Dawkins had reportedly stated he had never applied for a passport before when he had in fact abandoned an application he completed the year before.
In a somewhat surprising move, the office of assistant US attorney Olivia Choe offered to drop the passport violation conviction if Dawkins agreed to complete a term of probation. Choe told the New York Times that her office took Dawkins’ military service into account when they made the offer.
However, Dawkins still has other legal woes. The veteran is reportedly facing deportation based on an order issued in 1992, when he was 8-years-old.
Passport violations – such as lying on an application – are a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison, according to the Department of Justice.