You probably remember Shane Ladner, whose lies about a Purple Heart award put him and his wife on a float in Midland, Texas which collided with a train and cost his wife her leg. He was a Holly Springs, Georgia police officer at the time. When his lies were exposed by our friend Randy Travis at Fox 5 Atlanta, the police department fired him. That all happened nearly four years ago.
Ladner tried to sue Fox 5 and Randy last year for libel, and the case was tossed by the judge.
Now Ladner is facing criminal trial. Initially, Ladner claimed that he was awarded the Purple Heart for a wound he received in Panama during Operation Just Cause, but he was in high school during that operation, so he changed his story to drug interdiction operations in Central America, even though no one was awarded a Purple Heart during those missions.
He was in court yesterday, according to WSB-TV 2;
Shane Ladner faces theft by deception, false swearing and false statement charges from receiving free Purple Heart license plates for years.
Tuesday’s hearing was to determine what evidence can be used against him in the trial.
The state wants to include evidence of alleged tall tales that Ladner told to friends and family about being a sniper and army ranger involved in the Black Hawk Down battle in Somalia.
The commander of the drug interdiction operations in Honduras is testifying against Ladner;
Ladner’s attorney says he can prove his client was awarded a Purple Heart, but the general who was over Ladner says that can’t be the case because there was no combat.
“None of my people that were assigned to that base at my time as commander participated in any combat operations. It did not occur,” retired Gen. John Walsh said.
“Even Delta Force had to check in with me. There was no conceivable way that anybody could have been conducting any operation without my knowledge,” he said.
Here’s the forged DD214 that Ladner has been flashing around;
Compare that to his FOIA results;
I don’t know how his lawyer thinks that he can salvage his client from this morass of lies, but it should be entertaining.
Category: Phony soldiers