Camp Carroll soldier receives suspended sentence after drunken assault
December 8, 2015
A Daegu appeals court has suspended a six-month jail sentence for a Camp Carroll soldier who broke into a home and assaulted multiple strangers, court officials said Tuesday.
The court ruled Dec. 3 that a lower court’s decision in the case of Cpl. Shanequah S. Hawkins, 27, was too harsh, according to court documents.
Hawkins, of the 563rd Medical Logistics Company, remains on probation for two years and would have to serve the sentence if she re-offends in South Korea, according to the ruling. The Army may still take administrative action against her.
On Jan. 30, an extremely drunk Hawkins began ringing a doorbell and kicking a gate at a home in Chilgok-gun around 4:40 a.m., according to court documents.
After a man surnamed Lee, 58, opened the door, Hawkins kicked him in the stomach and began fighting.
She then walked in and went on a rampage that caused about 8,068,000 won ($6,800) in damage, according to court documents that said she knocked down a refrigerator, a television and several other items, picked a clock off a wall and smashed it, and destroyed a set of dentures.
Hawkins punched and kicked a neighbor identified as Kim, 59, who came to help, according to court documents, adding that she also attacked two police officers who arrived to arrest her.
Hawkins was convicted in May on charges of trespassing, property damage, assault and obstructing the performance of official duties. Her six-month sentence was justified at the time because Lee was not yet satisfied with Hawkins’ compensation and apology, the appeals court ruled.
In South Korea, compensation payments and sincere expressions of apologies are key parts of the judicial process and can mean the difference between freedom and lengthy sentences.
Hawkins has since reached agreements with Kim and the two police officers she struck, according to the court, which also cited her deep remorse and previously clean record in South Korea as reasons for suspending the sentence.
Stars and Stripes staffer Yoo Kyong Chang contributed to this report.