Convicted murderer attended Bergdahl’s sentencing hearing: report

A convicted murderer was reportedly able to attend Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s sentencing hearing last week after a security lapse allowed him to enter the military base.

George Marecek, 85, was able to attend the hearing at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, where he made threatening statements apparently about Bergdahl, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

“I’ll be glad when this crap is over. I got my firing squad standing by,” Marecek reportedly told another person at the hearing. A Washington Post reporter overheard him make the statement.

{mosads}Marecek’s attendance at the hearing trigged a security alert at the military complex, according to the article. Army officials refused to answer the Post’s questions about the incident, but a spokesman for Fort Bragg confirmed there was an “incident” during the hearing.

Marecek was convicted of second-degree murder in 2000 for killing his wife in 1991. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but only served three years at a state correctional facility before being released in 2003, according to the Post.

Marecek is a military retiree, meaning he can access the base with just his ID card.

Visitors to the base are supposed to have their IDs scanned and run through a criminal records database. However, a former military officer from the base told the Post that the scanners often don’t work.

Bergdahl pled guilty earlier this month to desertion charges. He was held as a prisoner by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange in 2014.