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Awol soldier Joe Glenton to leave Army on jail release

L/Cpl Joe Glenton
L/Cpl Joe Glenton was absent for two years and six days

A soldier jailed for going absent without leave (Awol) is to quit the Army when he is released in September, his wife has said.

Pte Joe Glenton, 27, from York, joined the Army in 2004 but absconded in 2007 after serving with the Royal Logistic Corps in Afghanistan.

He lost an appeal against his nine-month sentence on Wednesday.

Glenton, who was based in Oxfordshire, has been offered a place at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Clare Glenton told BBC News her husband was "disappointed but not surprised" he lost his appeal.

Stress disorder

She said: "He's just now looking forward to being released over the summer and getting on with his life.

"He's certainly not going to be going back to the Army, he's actually been accepted into Leeds Metropolitan to study global development and peace studies, so he's got a very bright future to look forward to as of September.

"He's extremely excited to get stuck into that and get on with his life."

Glenton, who has campaigned against the conflict, was discovered to be absent on 11 June 2007, when he was due to return to Dalton Barracks in Abingdon.

He handed himself in after two years and six days' absence.

The former lance corporal was reduced to the rank of private when he was sent to a military prison last month.

It was argued at the Court of Appeal in London that because Glenton suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder it had been "wrong in principle" to have imposed an immediate custodial sentence on him.

But the judges ruled his sentence was neither excessive nor wrong in principle.

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