A Fort Hood soldier is in Bell County Jail facing a charge of desertion, according to police reports.

Spc. Brandon Lee Herrin, 25, is in the jail after being arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on Tuesday.

Herrin, of Killeen, was absent from Fort Hood’s 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, according to public records from Cooke’s office.

Those records also showed that Herrin faced previous violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice in 2013, including aggravated assault, cruelty and maltreatment of a subordinate and failure to register a weapon.

He is being held on no bond.

Cooke also arraigned the following individuals on unrelated charges:

  • Allen Dale Mattern, 20, on a charge of evading arrest in a motor vehicle. Mattern’s bail was set at $20,000
  • Bianca Rodriguez, 25, on a charge of debit card abuse. Rodriguez’s bail was set at $20,000.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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