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Courts-martial, crime and punishment at Joint Base San Antonio

By Joint Base San Antonio Judge Advocate General | Joint Base San Antonio Judge Advocate General | June 23, 2017

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas —

The Joint Base San Antonio Judge Advocate General completed three Air Force courts-martial in the months of May 2017. The results of a court-martial are not final until the clemency and/or appeals process is completed.

All courts-martial are open to the public and upcoming courts-martial can be viewed at the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's website at http://www.afjag.af.mil/docket/index.asp.

 

U.S. vs. Airman 1st Class J.V., from the 37th Training Support Squadron, JBSA-Lackland, was tried by summary court-martial May 5 at JBSA-Lackland. Pursuant to his own pleas, J.V. was convicted of one charge and two specifications of violations of Article 112a, Uniform Code of Military Justice, including one specification of wrongful use of marijuana and one specification of wrongful introduction of marijuana onto a military installation. J.V. also pleaded guilty to one charge and one specification of disorderly conduct in violation of Article 134, UCMJ. The summary court-martial officer sentenced J.V. to confinement for 20 days, restriction to base for 20 days, forfeiture of $710 and a reduction to E-1.

 

U.S. vs. Senior Airman J.C. from the 59th Radiology Squadron, JBSA-Lackland, was tried by summary court-martial May 9 at JBSA-Lackland. Pursuant to his own pleas, J.C. was convicted of one charge and two specifications of violations of Article 112a, UCMJ, including one specification of wrongful use of marijuana and one specification of wrongful distribution of marijuana. J.C. also pleaded guilty to one charge and one specification of making a false official statement in violation of Article 107, UCMJ. The summary court-martial officer sentenced J.C. to confinement for 24 days, forfeiture of $533, a reduction to E-1, and a reprimand.

 

U.S. vs. Staff Sgt, A.P., Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, JBSA-Randolph, was tried by special court-martial consisting of a military judge sitting alone May 9 JBSA-Randolph. Pursuant to his own pleas, A.P. was convicted of one charge and two specifications of violations of Article 112a, UCMJ,

including one specification of wrongful use of marijuana and one specification of wrongful use of methamphetamine. The military judge sentenced A.P. to confinement for 14 days, hard labor without confinement for 60 days, and a reduction to E-1.

 

After sentencing, members can request clemency. In some cases, this can change the outcome of their case and/or sentence to something less severe. Acquittals are final results. All courts-martial are open to the public. Visit our USAF Public Docket website at http://www.afjag.af.mil/docket/index.asp.

 

During the month of May, JBSA commanders administered 15 non-judicial punishment actions under Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

 

The punishments imposed reflect the commander’s determination of an appropriate punishment after considering the circumstances of the offense and the offender’s record.

 

A “suspended” punishment does not take effect unless the offender engages in additional misconduct or fails to satisfy the conditions of the suspension. The suspension period usually lasts six months unless a lesser amount is specified.

 

The following are some of the non-judicial punishment actions that closed out during May:

 

Drunken Driving: An airman first class drove a vehicle while intoxicated. The member received a reduction to airman, forfeitures of $896 per month for two months (one month suspended), restriction to base for 10 days and a reprimand.

 

Wrongful Use of Marijuana: A staff sergeant wrongfully used marijuana. The member received a reduction to senior airman and a reprimand.

 

Misbehavior of a Sentinel: An airman first class was found sleeping on his post while posted as a sentinel. The member received a reduction to airman, forfeiture of $896 (suspended) and 45 days

extra duty.

 

Larceny: An airman first class in technical training stole another airman’s debit card information and used it for $161.95 in expenses. The member received forfeiture of $942 (suspended), 14 days extra duty, 14 days restriction to base and a reprimand.

 

Adultery; Dereliction of Duty; Failure to Obey; False Official Statement: A master sergeant carried on an unprofessional, adulterous relationship with a subordinate while deployed, violating a no-contact order in the process. When confronted on the matter, the member lied about it. The member received a reduction to technical sergeant, forfeitures of $1,844 pay per month for two months (suspended) and a reprimand.

 

Indecent Recording; Wrongful Distribution of Sexually Explicit Material; Dereliction of Duty: An airman basic in technical training was derelict in his duty to refrain from engaging in sexual intercourse in the female dormitory. Moreover, he wrongfully filmed the sexual acts and distributed the recording to fellow trainees. The member received forfeitures of $799 pay per month for 2 months, 10 days extra duty, 20 days restriction to base and a reprimand.

 

Battery: An airman first class poked a female airman in the side and touched her knee without her consent. The member received a reduction to airman, 30 days extra duty and a reprimand.

 

Failure to Obey Order or Regulation: An Army staff sergeant failed to go at the time prescribed to an appointed place of duty. The staff sergeant also without authority also was absent from his unit for 25 days. The staff sergeant also disobeyed a lawful order from a noncommissioned officer and made a false official statement.  The staff sergeant received a reduction in grade to sergeant suspended for 180 days, forfeiture of $1,428 for one month suspended for 180 days and a written letter of reprimand.

 

Failure to Obey Order or Regulation: An Army specialist failed to go at the time prescribed to an appointed place of duty on four separate occasions.  The specialist also failed to remain awake during duty hours. The specialist received a reduction in grade to private first class.

 

Failure to Obey Order or Regulation: An Army specialist failed to go at the time prescribed to an appointed place of duty on five separate occasions. The specialist received a reduction in grade to private first class, forfeiture of $496 for one month, suspended and extra duty for 14 days suspended for two months.

 

Failure to Obey Order or Regulation: An Army private failed to go at the time prescribed to an appointed place of duty on three separate occasions.  The private made a false official statement. The private also assaulted two people on separate occasions and communicated a threat. The private received a reduction in grade to E-1, forfeiture of $799 for two months, extra duty for 45 days, restriction for 45 days suspended for 180 days and an oral reprimand.

 

False Official Statement: An Army specialist made a false official statement. The specialist received seven days extra duty and an oral reprimand.