Female Fort Carson soldier Kimberly Rivera sentenced to 10 months in prison for desertion

Also given bad-conduct discharge

FORT CARSON, Colo. - A 30-year-old soldier from Fort Carson has pleaded guilty to desertion for fleeing to Canada to avoid a second tour of duty in Iraq.

Pfc. Kimberly Rivera was sentenced to 10 months in prison and was given a bad-conduct discharge.

River was a driver with Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and served in Iraq in 2006. She has said that, while there, she became disillusioned with the U.S. mission.

During a two-week leave in the U.S. in 2007, Rivera crossed the Canadian border after she was ordered to serve another tour in Iraq.

Rivera applied for refugee status in Canada, but was denied.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported that prosecutors argued that she failed to return because her husband threatened to leave her and take their children.

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