OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — An airman who pleaded guilty to cutting a fellow airman with a beer bottle at an off-base club was sentenced Tuesday to a demotion and eight months in jail.

Senior Airman Kenneth Ledford of the 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron was demoted from E-4 to pay grade E-1 and sentenced to the jail term by Air Force Col. Steven A. Hatfield, chief military judge for the Pacific Circuit, out of Yokota Air Base, Japan.

The Air Force tried Ledford under the rules for special court-martial.

The assault occurred March 18 inside the Bounce Club in the bar district just outside Osan Air Base, according to the prosecution.

When someone pushed Ledford on the dance floor, he fell. He picked up a glass beer bottle and, believing he’d been shoved by a fellow senior airman, walked toward him.

He then struck the airman over the head with the bottle, inflicting a deep cut in his neck, the prosecution said.

Prosecuting the case were Capt. Thomas Gabriele and assistant trial counsel Capt. Tamona Bright, both of Osan’s 51st Fighter Wing legal office.

Ledford’s defense attorney was Capt. Gloria Downey, Area Defense Counsel at Osan Air Base.

Ledford was to be transported Tuesday evening to the U.S. military’s confinement facility at Camp Humphreys.

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