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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — A military jury acquitted a Ramstein airman of raping another airman but found him guilty of assault consummated by battery.

Airman 1st Class Andrew L. Limmel was sentenced at a court-martial last week to three months in jail, a reduction to the lowest pay grade and a bad-conduct discharge, said Air Force Capt. Paulino Caliendo, the chief of Military Justice at Ramstein.

Limmel, who pleaded guilty to both charges, had faced a maximum punishment of life without parole. He was assigned to the 435th Civil Engineer Squadron, based at Ramstein Air Base.

The victim testified during the trial that she was in a relationship with Limmel when the assault occurred.

On Jan. 8, she and Limmel were lying in bed in her dormitory when he made a comment about his former girlfriend that infuriated her, Caliendo said. She got upset and left the dormitory.

She later returned to her room and Limmel followed. She accused him of throwing her against the bathroom wall and beating her up. She sustained a bloodied lip and bruises, Caliendo said. She accused him of returning to her room some time later and raping her, but a military jury consisting of both enlisted airmen and officers cleared him of those charges.

She admitted during the trial that she slept with Limmel after the alleged assault although she was ordered not to contact him.


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