Aviano airman sentenced to six months after arson conviction
AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — An airman from the 31st Maintenance Squadron was found guilty of aggravated arson, damage to nonmilitary property and unlawful entry and sentenced Monday to six months in a military jail.
Airman 1st Class Chad Miller was also reduced to airman basic and fined $400 a month in salary for a year. He will serve his time at the military’s prison in Mannheim, Germany, before returning to his duties in Aviano.
Miller was found guilty in a court-martial Saturday by a jury. The charges resulted from a series of incidents on the night of April 12.
Miller attended a party in the nearby community of Dardago. Base prosecutors said he left the party at one point and walked to another apartment complex where other airmen lived. While there, he damaged a car and set a box on fire in a basement of one of the apartments before returning to the party.
More than $500 in damage was reported to both the car and the contents of the basement. The apartment was damaged as well.