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OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — An Air Force police officer who pleaded guilty to repeatedly abusing the drug Percocet was sentenced Friday to four months in jail, reduction to the lowest rank and a bad-conduct discharge.

Senior Airman Chance W. Slaughter, 27, who was Airman of the Quarter for October — December 2006, was assigned to the 51st Security Forces Squadron, part of Osan’s 51st Fighter Wing.

Slaughter is one of nine airmen from the squadron — all of them police officers — caught up in a Percocet abuse investigation mounted by Osan-based agents of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

“This is your Airman of the Quarter,” prosecutor Capt. Erin Lai told jurors Friday in asking them for a sentence that would include discharge. “Your Airman of the Quarter was snorting narcotics.”

The trial went forward before military judge Lt. Col. Greg Friedland and a four-member jury — a lieutenant colonel, two captains, and a second lieutenant.

Slaughter is among nine airmen caught up in an Air Force investigation of Percocet abuse at Osan and the second to be court-martialed.

On Sept. 14, another of the nine, then-Airman 1st Class Jessica L. Billings, pleaded guilty to wrongfully distributing Percocet. She testified she sold Percocet to Slaughter. She was sentenced to reduction to the rank of E-1, forfeiture of pay for two months, and two months’ confinement at Camp Humphreys.

Another two received non-judicial punishment under U.S. military law and now face administrative discharge. Two others are to go on trial next week and the cases of three more are awaiting action.

The 51st Fighter Wing’s chief legal officer, Lt. Col. Scott Ecton, has said the nine did not constitute an organized drug ring, but he has declined to disclose further details for fear of jeopardizing the pending court cases.

Slaughter had testified he got hooked on Percocet after it was prescribed at the base hospital following knee surgery.

He said he then began using it illegally for what totaled more than 30 occasions in about eight months. He said he also abused Percocet with an acquaintance while on leave in the United States.

In an unsworn statement he read jurors, Slaughter asked for leniency. He pointed to recognition he often earned for good performance.

But Lai ripped Slaughter’s bid for leniency.

“What we’re talking about is a 27-year-old man who took narcotics over and over again … 30 times in about eight months. … Every weekend he was getting high,” Lai said.

She said that after he was given the awards “he spit in our face” with his repeated misconduct.

“While everybody else was ‘Ready to fight tonight,’ he was getting high,” she said.

Lai asked the jury to sentence Slaughter to eight months in jail, reduction to E-1, forfeiture of two-thirds pay for the period of his confinement, and a bad-conduct discharge.

In his unsworn statement, Slaughter briefly recounted a difficult childhood, said he became alcoholic, and after various jobs joined the Air Force.

He said he was ashamed he let down his unit and the service.

“I ask you to give me a chance to make it up to them,” he said. “I ask you not to give me a punitive discharge.”

In defense lawyer Capt. Mike Brusca’s pre-sentencing argument, he asked that Slaughter be spared discharge.

Brusca said Slaughter is “a good person” who was “caught in the grips of addiction.”

Citing Slaughter’s service record, Brusca said, “What you get is a picture of an outstanding airman, the type of airman we want to have in our Air Force.”

He asked for a sentence of hard labor, restriction to base, and reduction in rank.

Slaughter was later driven to the Camp Humphreys jail to begin serving his term.

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