CAMP CASEY, South Korea — Pvt. Robert J. Kinnaman didn’t get to keep the PlayStation Portable, games and pairs of shorts he bought with another soldier’s debit card at the post exchange this summer.

But he did receive five months in jail and a bad-conduct discharge Monday for stealing two debit cards and ringing up more than $1,200 in purchases.

Kinnaman, of the 2nd Infantry Division’s 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery, pleaded guilty to charges in his court-martial at Camp Casey.

Kinnaman, 19, acted as a lookout at the Hanson pool on Camp Casey on June 17 while Pvt. Charles Presnell snatched wallets out of lockers, according to testimony. Pvt. James Box, who faced trial last week, also was involved in the theft, according to court records.

Presnell has yet to go to trial.

During sentencing, Kinnaman’s battery commander, Capt. Wilson Blythe, told the court how thievery like Kinnaman’s cuts morale.

“Guys aren’t concentrating 100 percent on the mission,” Blythe said. “They’ve got that nugget of worry in their head.”

Kinnaman had previously received nonjudicial punishment but failed to correct his behavior, Blythe added.

Defense attorney Capt. Brigid Osei-Bobie argued that Kinnaman played a limited role in the thefts as a lookout. He also readily cooperated with investigators and waived some rights to keep the process speedy, she said.

Kinnaman faced a maximum of 12 months in prison.

Judge (Col.) Donna Wright sentenced Kinnaman to seven months in prison. However, the lesser five-month sentence within the pretrial agreement will be sent to the convening authority.

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