New details in local sailor desertion charges
By: The Associated Press
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Crushing debt, not a desire to avoid military service, is being blamed for a sailor from Missouri's decision to leave his naval base and return home.
That's according to Seaman Apprentice Justin Burns, who was arrested on desertion charges May 26th at his home in Cape Girardeau, about 100 miles south of St. Louis. Also arrested at the home was Seaman Recruit Zachari Valentin of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Both were listed as deserters from the USS Carr, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia.
Burns says he and his wife were $22,000 in debt, in part because of a kidney ailment that left her hospitalized.