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Details of charges against fired commander of 1st Recon Bat. released


The former commander of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion is accused of several serious charges in relation to a long-running domestic violence case, which dates back to 2018.

Lt. Col. Francisco Zavala, is accused of assault, destruction of property, making false official statements and conduct unbecoming an officer.

The allegations surrounding the volatile relationship between Zavala and his wife, who has since accused him of physical, mental and emotional abuse, as well as property damage.

Zavala’s charge sheet claims that he struck, kicked and used an object to hit her on multiple occasions, as well as restraining her with a “bear hug.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, Zavala was also charged with lying to a colonel in April of this year, claiming he had never gotten into a physical altercation with his wife.

Zavala will face a preliminary Article 32 hearing early in October, where it will be determined whether or not there is enough evidence to go ahead with a court-martial.

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