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Vet Convicted Of Honors Lies Still Feels Guilt

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A Fort Worth man says he doesn’t want his conviction for lying about military honors and medals reversed, even though the law used to prosecute him was overturned.

Richard David McClanahan tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he still feels ashamed for embellishing his record. McClanahan did serve in both the U.S. Navy and Army. But he never won the three Silver Stars or the Legion of Merit as he claimed. Nor did he get nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor.

McClanahan was eventually indicted under the Stolen Valor Act. He pleaded guilty to two charges and served 30 months in prison.

But last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the act violates free speech rights.

McClanahan says he disagrees and doesn’t see himself as a victim.

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