The estranged husband of a murdered Ft. Campbell soldier has been indicted on seven charges stemming from her death on the U. S. Army base last month.
U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman announced the indictments Wednesday against Victor E. Silvers of Clarksville, Tennessee, in the death of Sgt. Brittney N. Silvers.
Silvers faces one count of first-degree murder (premediated), attempted first degree murder (premeditated), domestic violence, violation of a protection order, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and two counts of the use of a firearm during the commission of a violent offense.
According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint issued October 15, a friend of Sgt. Silvers was socializing at her residence when someone later identified as Victor Silvers arrived at the residence and began banging on the door.
The friend heard shouting between the individuals followed by a gunshot. A short time later, Victor Silvers entered a bathroom, where the friend had been during the altercation. The defendant, still armed with a handgun, entered the bathroom at which point a struggle ensued, and at least three times the firearm was discharged, and the friend was struck in the leg.
A neighbor, who was walking his dog, heard gunshots and stated he saw Victor Silvers shoot Brittney Silvers in front of her residence. Victor Silvers initially denied the allegations, but later confessed to shooting her, during an interview with investigators, according to the affidavit.
The Ft. Campbell Public Affairs Office says Brittney Silvers joined the Army in 2011 and completed training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Fort Lee, Virginia. She served for several years at Fort Hood, Texas before arriving to Fort Campbell in 2016.
She completed the Combat Life Savers Course and Basic Leader Course while serving at Fort Campbell. Her awards and decorations include: Army Achievement Medal (One Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal (One Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Driver and Mechanic Badge, and Marksmanship Qualification Badge – Sharpshooter with Carbine.
Silvers was posthumously promoted to Sergeant and received the Army Commendation Medal.
The charges carry a minimum sentence of no less than 25 years up to life imprisonment or death.
Silvers made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court on October 16, before United States Magistrate Judge Lanny King who ordered Silvers detained in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending further proceedings of the Court.