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NAHA, Okinawa — A U.S. civilian working for a contractor to the Defense Department who admitted he possessed and smoked marijuana, was given a three-year suspended sentence Thursday in Naha District Court.

Roland P. Henault, 44, a combined arms staff trainer for the III Marine Expeditionary Force Tactical Exercise Control Group at Camp Hansen, stood rigidly before Judge Nobuyuki Yokota as he listened to the court’s decision. Yokota sentenced Henault to 18 months in prison with forced labor but suspended the punishment for three years on the condition that he commits no crimes during that period.

Henault has been in Japanese custody since his May 31 arrest. According to a police report, officers arrested him about 2:25 a.m. at his home in Okinawa City’s Chibana district.

Yokota said during the sentencing that Henault had 0.66 ounces of cannabis resin and 0.12 ounces of marijuana at his off-base home. He has been smoking the illegal substance regularly for two to three years, the judge said.

“This court found that he is addicted to marijuana,” Yokota said.

Yokota said he suspended the sentence in part because Henault showed remorse during a previous hearing, promising the court he would stay away from the drug.

Prosecutors had demanded the 18-month prison term during that same previous session.

Before closing the sentencing hearing, Yokota admonished Henault: “Make sure to keep distance from the drug for the rest of your life.”

Henault maintained his rigid posture but bowed deeply.


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