Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller was released from the brig at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina on Oct. 5. The Marine was arrested and jailed for a week after condemning military leaders about the Afghan withdrawal crisis.
“Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, Jr. is being released from confinement today, Oct. 5, 2021, as a result of a mutual agreement between Lt. Col. Scheller, his defense counsel, and the Commanding General, Training Command,” Training and Education Command spokesman Capt. Sam Stephenson said according to Fox News.
The 17-year U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) veteran was arrested and jailed after allegedly violating a military gag order to stop posting social media videos that criticize senior military officials.
A previous fundraiser for Scheller attracted more than $2 million from supporters to help fund legal expenses.
An initial hearing about the case was abruptly suspended on Oct. 5. Mainstream media complained about a lack of access to the hearing, and asked for a delay to seek federal court input, according to the Washington Times.
Although USMC officials have released limited information about the case, potential charges against Scheller include contempt toward officials, willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, failing to obey lawful general orders, and unbecoming conduct for an officer.
Scheller received support from more than 36 lawmakers led by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). Gohmert petitioned USMC officials to free the defendant until his case is heard. The politicians in question accuse USMC officials of confining Scheller as a form of retribution for speaking out about the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops and Afghan allies from Kabul.
Scheller still faces a potential court-martial hearing to determine whether charges should be filed.
He previously served in five different combat deployments in the USMC and won a bronze star plus other awards.