FORT CAMPBELL, KY (KFVS) - An estranged husband was indicted in the murder of a Ft. Campbell soldier.
Victor E. Silvers was charged by a federal grand jury with seven counts relating to the premeditated murder of Sgt. Brittney N. Silvers, who was killed on base at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
He was charged with one count of first-degree murder (premeditated), attempted first degree murder (premeditated), domestic violence, violation of a protection order, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and two counts of the use of a firearm during the commission of a violent offense.
The charges carry a minimum sentence of no less than 25 years up to life imprisonment or death.
According to the affidavit in support of the original criminal complaint filed on October 15, 2018, at around 10 p.m. a friend of Sgt. Silvers was socializing at her home when someone later identified as Victor Silvers arrived and started banging on the door.
The friend heard shouting between the Victor Silvers and Sgt. Silvers followed by a gunshot. A short time later, Victor Silvers entered the bathroom where the friend had been during the altercation. He was allegedly still armed with a handgun and a struggle began.
According to the affidavit, the gun discharged at least three times and the friend was hit in the leg.
A neighbor, who was walking his dog, reportedly heard gunshots and allegedly saw Victor Silvers shoot Brittney Silvers in front of her home.
Authorities say Victor Silvers initially denied involvement in the crime, but later allegedly confessed to investigators during an interview to shooting Brittney Silvers.
Silvers made his first appearance in U.S. District Court on Oct. 16 before United States Magistrate Judge Lanny King who ordered Silvers be detained in the custody of U.S. Marshals pending further proceedings of the Court.
According to Fort Campbell public affairs, all the gates were closed just before 10 p.m. for about 55 minutes while military police investigated the shooting in on-post housing.
The soldier was identified as Sgt. Brittney Silvers, of Jacksonville, Florida. She was an automated logistical specialist in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). She joined the Army in 2011 and completed training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Fort Lee, Virginia. She served for several years at Fort Hood, Texas before arriving to Fort Campbell in 2016.
According to the public affairs officer for the 101st Airborne Division, Silvers completed the Combat Life Savers Course and Basic Leader Course while serving at Fort Campbell. Her awards and decorations include: Army Achievement Medal (One Oak Leave Cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal (One Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Driver and Mechanic Badge, and Marksmanship Qualification Badge - Sharpshooter with Carbine.
She was posthumously promoted to Sergeant and received the Army Commendation Medal.
“101st Combat Aviation Brigade has lost an incredibly valued member of the Destiny team. We continue to pray for her family and friends during this difficult time,” said Lt. Col. Cayton Johnson, commander, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (Rear), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “We request that everyone respect the privacy of her family as they grieve this tragic loss.”
Fort Campbell’s standard protocols require gate closures, and gates to remain closed until deemed appropriate.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Seth Hancock, Leigh Ann Dycus and the U.S. Army Captain Tarik Downie, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, are prosecuting the case. The investigation was conducted by the Army Criminal Investigation Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.