Airman admits to smoking hashish while on duty
June 16, 2006
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — An Air Force security forces member who admitted during a court-martial to smoking hashish while guarding a top-secret military compound was sentenced to three months in jail Thursday.
A military jury of three officers also ruled that Airman 1st Class Glenn K. Sutton Jr. should forfeit a portion of his pay while in jail and must complete three months of hard labor.
Sutton, 21, a member of the Kaiserslautern-based 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron, pleaded guilty to charges of wrongful use of a controlled substance.
He testified to smoking hashish — a form of marijuana — while patrolling a base housing area in January 2005 and guarding a section of Kapaun Air Station known as “Delta Base” in September 2004.
He also confessed that he smoked marijuana and hashish around 50 times in Germany and the U.S. between April 2004 and December 2005. Sutton said his wife often bought the marijuana for him, and went as far as to deliver the illegal drug to his workplace while he was on duty.
The 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron is under the 38th Combat Support Wing, based at Kapaun Air Station, and serves and protects American military bases in the Kaiserslautern area, excluding Ramstein Air Base.
Air Force prosecutor 1st Lt. Christopher Ford argued that Sutton should be sentenced to the maximum punishment: 12 months in a military jail, two-thirds’ forfeiture of his pay, a bad-conduct discharge and a reduction to the lowest pay grade.
Defense attorney, Capt. W. Crosby Parker, called such a punishment excessive in his closing arguments.
Sutton apologized for his “stupid actions” in an unsworn statement he gave in front of the jury. “There really is no excuse for what I’ve done,” he said. “It was stupid.”
The former Eagle Scout said earlier in the court-martial that his wife brought him the hashish while he was on duty so he could roll it into a Camel cigarette, smoke it and “try and relax.” Sutton had failed a urinalysis test.
He said on Thursday that he has been sober for more than six months and his wife is pregnant.
During the trial, prosecutors said that Sutton’s wife could face charges under German law, but gave no indication if she would. She was not in attendance at the court-martial.