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U.S. soldier guilty in beating death

February 27, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A U.S. soldier has been found guilty of participating in gang initiation rituals that led to the beating death of another soldier.

Pvt. Bobby D. Morrissette was also convicted on charges of impeding an investigation, impeding a trial by court-martial and willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, the military said in a statement. He was sentenced to 42 months confinement and a bad-conduct discharge.

The charges relate to the beating death of Sgt. Juwan Johnson of Baltimore on July 4, 2005, at a park pavilion in Kaiserslautern, where U.S. forces have a base.

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