The judge knew that Sgt. Joseph Serna had been through a lot.
Cumberland County, N.C., District Court Judge Lou Olivera
The former Special Forces soldier did four combat tours in Afghanistan over a nearly two-decades-long career with the U.S. Army. Through those years, the Fayetteville Observer reported, Serna was almost killed three times: once, by a roadside bomb, then again by a suicide bomber.