2nd ID soldier gets five months in pair of South Korea assaults
CAMP CASEY, South Korea — A 2nd Infantry Division private received a five-month jail sentence after pleading guilty to two separate assaults Monday in the Camp Casey courtroom.
Pvt. Robert W. Wilson II, of 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor’s Alpha Company, also was reduced in rank to E-1 and received a suspended bad-conduct discharge recommendation from Judge Col. Donna Wright.
On Oct. 6, Wilson kicked Pvt. Jaran Moore in the head and fractured his skull during a fight around 10:30 p.m. in the Dongducheon “Ville” area outside Camp Casey’s main gate, according to testimony.
Wilson claimed he only kicked Moore in the side.
However, Cpl. Adam Rawson and Cpl. Brent Zook both testified that Wilson kicked Moore in the head and later bragged about the encounter.
Zook, Rawson and another soldier also took part in the fight against Wilson and a noncommissioned officer. Zook and Rawson both received immunity for their testimony.
Rawson testified that he knocked out Moore and then walked 20 feet away when he saw Wilson kick Moore in the head.
However, witness Pfc. Sonny Williams had a different story when he testified Monday.
Williams said he saw part of the fight from a balcony. He ran down to check Moore’s health and then saw a man stomp on Moore’s head.
Williams described the attacker as tall and wearing a yellow shirt and white sneakers.
Zook is 6’4” and was wearing a yellow shirt and sneakers that night. Wilson is 5’9”.
Defense attorney Capt. Brigid Osei-Bobie then questioned Zook and Rawson’s testimony.
“Why would they lie? It’s simple,” Osei-Bobie said. “Their lie was the basis for the grant of immunity.”
Prosecutor Capt. Seamus Barry reiterated Wilson’s admission of guilt and the two corporals’ statements.
“This really boils down to kicking a soldier when he’s down,” Barry said.
In a separate incident, Wilson punched Pvt. Court Peterson on Sept. 30 after Peterson shoplifted from the post exchange and allegedly stole from soldiers’ barracks.
In July, Staff Sgt. James A. Tucker received six months confinement for further beating Peterson, then humiliating him with a call to Peterson’s parents while looping the song “What Is Love?” by Haddaway.
Spc. William E. Baker also received three months of hard labor for punching Peterson that night.
Wright’s suspension recommendation for Wilson must be approved by the convening authority. If approved, Wilson could continue serving in the Army.
However, the convening authority could choose to disregard the suspension or administratively separate Wilson from the Army.