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James Halsell Jr. Wiki – James Halsell Jr. Biography

James Halsell Jr. is a retired United States Air Force officer and a former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of five Space Shuttle missions. In 2016, Halsell was charged with two counts of reckless murder.

Halsell graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1978, and from Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, in 1979. An F-4 pilot qualified in conventional and nuclear weapons deliveries, he served at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada, from 1980 to 1981, and Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, Georgia, from 1982 to 1984. In 1984–1985, he was a graduate student at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. He then attended the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and during the next four years, he performed test flights in the F-4, F-16, and SR-71 aircraft. Halsell retired from the Air Force in July 2004.

James Halsell Jr. Age

James Halsell Jr. is 64 years old.

Charges – Arrested

James Halsell Jr., 64, an ex-NASA space shuttle commander, had been indicted on reckless murder charges in the Alabama crash that killed 11-year-old Niomi Deona James and 13-year-old Jayla Latrick Parler.

He admitted guilt to multiple reduced charges of manslaughter and assault Thursday in Tuscaloosa. Under the deal, Halsell will serve four years in prison followed by 10 years of probation. He was facing 60 years behind bars for rear-ending the vehicle carrying the two victims, while allegedly driving under the influence at a high rate of speed.

The family of the victims was not pleased with the lighter sentence. It wasn’t justice,” said Latrice Parler, the mother of the girls, who added she did not think Halsell’s apology was heartfelt. “My daughters were amazing, beautiful, smart, strong little girls that could have been anything in this world if they had the opportunity to grow up, but that was taken from me and all of everyone else in this world,” Parler said.

The girl’s father, who was injured in the accident, said the wheels of justice moved too slowly in the case, which was delayed for a myriad of reasons, including the pandemic. District Attorney Hays Webb also said he was not pleased with the lighter plea deal.

“It serves as a reminder that there’s a very fine line. You have someone who has been to space five times and, because of a bad decision on his part, wound up killing two girls,” Webb said after the court was dismissed.

Halsell left NASA in 2006 to work in the aerospace industry. Webb said his celebrity status had “zero influence in any fashion” on the proceedings.