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Gun-toting sailor pleads guilty to assault, firearms charges

A junior sailor assigned to the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln pleaded guilty at court-martial last month to pointing a loaded firearm at a fellow sailor.

On June 27, Machinist’s Mate Fireman Apprentice Michael Crosby copped to two counts of aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon, according to Navy officials and his charge sheet.

The names of the victim or victims are redacted on the charge sheet provided to Navy Times, so it remains unclear whether Crosby pointed a loaded weapon at one or two sailors.

The incident occurred March 2 in Virginia Beach, according to legal filings.

Crosby also pleaded guilty to bringing onto Naval Station Norfolk that same day a weapon he failed to register with Naval Security Forces, plus a charge of unauthorized absence for failing to report to duty on March 4.

Crosby’s sentence includes confinement for five months, reduction the the pay grade of E-1 and forfeiture of two-thirds of his monthly pay for three months, according to Naval Air Force Atlantic spokesman Cmdr. Dave Hecht.

Crosby initially faced an additional charge of making unwanted sexual comments and gestures on the job, but that specification was withdrawn as part of his plea deal, according to Hecht.

Crosby’s attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

Originally from North Carolina, Crosby enlisted in April 2018 and reported to Lincoln in September, his first duty station out of school.

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