Air Force police officer at Osan gets jail time, loses rank for Percocet abuse

By FRANKLIN FISHER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 15, 2007

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — An Air Force police officer who pleaded guilty to abusing the painkiller Percocet was sentenced Friday to several months in jail and loss of rank and pay.

Airman 1st Class Jonathan Fisher of Osan’s 51st Security Forces Squadron was sentenced to five months in prison, loss of $867 pay for five months and reduction to E-1, the military’s lowest pay grade.

But under a pre-trial agreement, Fisher will serve only three months in jail.

Fisher is one of nine security police officers from his squadron caught up in an investigation into alleged wrongdoing involving Percocet. He is the fourth to be court-martialed.

Military judge Col. Mark L. Allred imposed the sentence after Fisher admitted to using Percocet on three occasions between Aug. 1, 2006, and May 15. Allred is chief regional military judge for the Pacific region, out of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa.

Fisher told the judge he got two of the pills from Airman Shannon L. Sigsbury, a fellow security police officer in his squadron.

Sigsbury, court-martialed earlier this week, pleaded guilty to wrongfully distributing Percocet. Allred sentenced her Thursday to a reprimand, loss of $400 per month for five months, reduction to E-1 and 3½ months in jail. Two others have received nonjudicial punishment and face administrative discharge. The rest are awaiting further action.

Prosecutor Capt. John T. Shin asked the judge to sentence Fisher to five months in jail and a bad conduct discharge.

Fisher’s conviction carried a maximum penalty of 12 months in prison, reduction in rank, loss of two-thirds pay for 12 months, and a bad conduct discharge.

Fisher’s defense lawyer was Capt. Clayton O’Connor.