Friday 20 Sep 2019

Former Airman Sentenced To Prison For Fatal Crash

A former airman at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will serve time behind bars for a drunk driving crash that killed a 17-year-old. On Wednesday in Wayne County Court, 48-year-old Hector Soler entered guilty pleas to charges of Death by Motor Vehicle, Serious Injury By Vehicle and DWI.  He was sentenced to serve 51 to 74 months in prison.  Soler was allegedly driving approximately 70 mph in a 35 mph zone when he slammed into a vehicle driven by 17-year old Johny Watson of Seven Springs on December 10th, 2016 in Goldsboro.  Watson later passed away at the hospital.  Soler’s blood alcohol concentration was reportedly recorded at 0.16 following the crash.  At the time of the fatal crash, Soler was the 4th Security Forces Squadron Manager at Seymour Johnson.

Hector Soler


  1. Sarah says:

    I am sorry this is not nearly enough time…This man made the decision to get into a car drunk and killed a you man with his whole life ahead of him. No one put a gun to his head and told him to drink and drive….The family of the young man must be hurting after seeing that this is the only punishment he will receive after he killed this young man.

  2. hamburgers4life says:


  3. Kelly tom says:

    If he had been a low ranking airmen he would’ve been discharged from the air force and lost all retirement.this is a joke. ( If God wanted to give the world a enema he would put the hose in goldsboro.)

    • Joey says:

      Incarcerated Veterans do not lose their retirement regardless of rank Being convicted of a crime almost never jeopardizes a federal pension – the rare exception to this rule are charges relating to criminal disloyalty to the United States: espionage, treason, sabotage, etc

      Low ranking personnel generally do not receive any benefits unless they stayed the 20 years

      God? Do you believe in the tooth fairy too?

  4. Kelly tom says:

    Less than 2 years 2.5 max

  5. JMHO says:

    Wow…Drive drunk, take a life and serve only 4-6 years?

  6. But how much time will he actually end up serving?


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