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Recent courts-martial convened at MAFB

Posted 11/21/2008   Updated 11/21/2008 Email story   Print story

    


by Capt. Matthew Neil
5th Bomb Wing chief of military justice


11/21/2008 - MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- The following courts-martial were recently convened at Minot AFB:

On Aug. 27, a senior airman in the 5th Security Forces Squadron pled guilty to shoplifting items valued at more than $2,200 from the Minot AFB Exchange on multiple occasions, in violation of Article 121 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The plea followed the Airman's apprehension for shoplifting on June 9, after he was observed stealing by the surveillance cameras at the base exchange. The Airman pled guilty to a second offense of wrongfully storing a rifle in his dorm room, in violation of Article 92 of the UCMJ. The adjudged sentence included reduction to the grade of airman basic, forfeiture of two thirds pay per month for five months, and confinement for five months.

On Oct. 17, a staff sergeant assigned to the 91st Maintenance Operations Squadron pled guilty to wrongfully appropriating four GSA Voyager Fleet credit cards from his duty section, in violation of Article 121 of the UCMJ. The plea followed his apprehension by 5th SFS investigators on July 28. The staff sergeant also pled guilty to stealing more than $1,000 worth of gas for his personal vehicle, and a friend's, by wrongfully charging the GSA Voyager Fleet credit cards on approximately 19 separate occasions, in violation of Article 121 of the UCMJ. In addition, the staff sergeant pled guilty to using the wrongfully appropriated GSA Voyager Fleet credit cards to obtain car washes under false pretenses, in violation of Article 134 of the UCMJ. The staff sergeant was sentenced to reduction to the grade of airman first class, confinement for 60 days, and discharge from the Air Force with a bad-conduct discharge.

On Oct. 27, a senior airman assigned to the 5th SFS pled guilty to breaking into the dorm room of a fellow airman with the intent to take a credit card, in violation of Article 130 of the UCMJ. The plea followed the Airman's apprehension by 5th SFS investigators on Aug. 1. The Airman pled guilty to wrongfully appropriating two credit cards from the Airman whose room he had broken into, in violation of Article 121 of the UCMJ. The Airman also pled guilty to using the wrongfully appropriated credit cards to steal more than $2,800 worth of fuel, consumer goods, and food from local merchants, in violation of Article 121 of the UCMJ. The Airman also pled guilty to attempting to steal money from two different banks by using the wrongfully appropriated credit cards, in violation of Article 80 of the UCMJ. Additionally, the Airman pled guilty to making unauthorized purchases using a government travel card, in violation of Article 92 of the UCMJ. The unauthorized transactions totaled more than $1,400. The Airman was sentenced to reduction to the grade of airman basic, confinement for 75 days, and discharge from the Air Force with a bad-conduct discharge.



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