Now the waiting begins. If convicted, McKinney could be sentenced to a total of 55 1/2 years in prison -- or the eight-member military panel could recommend no penalty at all. The former Sergeant Major has a few reasons to be hopeful. His lawyers have been taking swipes at Staff Sgt. Christine Fetrow, who says McKinney repeatedly groped and propositioned her. A motion to have her charges thrown out was dismissed, but McKinney's team has not given up: Their last three witnesses Monday all vouched for the truthfulness of several former coworkers who testified that Fetrow is a liar. We'll know soon whether that was enough to convince the judges -- or whether this most embarrassing case for the Army's hierarchy will end in 19 guilty verdicts.
FORT BELVOIR, Va.: For Gene McKinney, the nightmare of his marathon sex trial is almost over. Closing arguments took place Tuesday in the case that has brought 19 military charges -- including sexual harassment, adultery and obstruction of justice -- against the U.S. Army's former top enlisted soldier. "There is not a hint, there is not a whisper, there is not even a suggestion of any impropriety in his first 27 years in the Army," McKinney's attorney told the court, pointing to the 26 character witnesses who spoke on his clients behalf.