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McClanahan Pleads Guilty

"It's justice for the stolen valor act that someone is being prosecuted that falsely represented having these awards that many had to die to earn," says Captain Nicole Lauenstein, with the U.S. Army. "It's justice for the stolen valor act that someone is being prosecuted that falsely represented having these awards that many had to die to earn," says Captain Nicole Lauenstein, with the U.S. Army.
"I think he feels that this is probably in everyone's best interest and I would say that he feels he never meant to harm anyone, it spun out of control and we got to this point," says Brooks Barfield, McClanahan's lawyer. "I think he feels that this is probably in everyone's best interest and I would say that he feels he never meant to harm anyone, it spun out of control and we got to this point," says Brooks Barfield, McClanahan's lawyer.

After maintaining his innocence for months, an Amarillo man admitted today in federal court he lied about receiving medals of honor... And that he committed bank fraud.

NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains how the community is reacting to hearing david McClanahan is a fraud.

About 20 people including friends and family of the accused, and area military members showed up to see McClanahan confess to what they already knew... That he never received awards from the military. He made it all up for profit - and now he will face the consequences.

Forging a navy seal certificate. Lying about being injured in combat. Saying President Bush recommended him for the Congressional Medal of Honor. These are all things David McClanahan admitted to in court today as part of a plea bargain.

"The ground falls out beneath you again once you hear of even more lies being exposed, it's victorious that's it's exposed and it's public record," says Robin Beard, McClanahan's estranged wife.

McClanahan pleaded guilty to falsifying bank documents and lying about receiving military honors... In return, the federal government dropped charges accusing him of lying about being awarded the purple heart. It was important for those in the military to see he'll be brought to justice.

"It's justice for the stolen valor act that someone is being prosecuted that falsely represented having these awards that many had to die to earn," says Captain Nicole Lauenstein, with the U.S. Army.

"I think he feels that this is probably in everyone's best interest and I would say that he feels he never meant to harm anyone, it spun out of control and we got to this point," says Brooks Barfield, McClanahan's lawyer.

The ex-army and navy soldier could face up to 30 years in prison, because the charge of falsifying bank statements is a felony. He is not allowed to leave the state of Texas. He is awaiting his sentencing date.

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