Camp Humphreys soldier sentenced for disobeying order
July 30, 2006
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — A soldier convicted of disobeying an order restricting him to Camp Humphreys was sentenced Friday to six months in jail, 60 days’ restriction, 60 days’ hard labor and forfeiture of $849 a month for six months.
But the soldier, Pvt. Darren W. Williams, a cook with the 349th Military Police Detachment, will have to serve just 14 days hard labor without jail because of time he already served in pre-trial confinement, which began March 8.
Williams had pleaded not guilty to a charge of disobeying the order of a superior commissioned officer but the jury found him guilty early Friday morning.
The same jury found him not guilty of rape and forcible sodomy.
The charge of disobeying an order arose after Williams was accused of a rape and sodomy, which his accuser contended had occurred in Williams’ barracks room on Aug. 27.
When Williams was named a suspect in that case, his unit revoked his off-post pass privileges and his commanding officer ordered him to comply with the restriction.
But prosecutors said Williams broke the restriction numerous times from Sept. 12, 2005, to Feb. 27. Williams had pleaded guilty to wrongfully leaving the post but prosecutors said they decided instead to pursue conviction on the disobeying-an-order charge.
Williams was to have been released from the Camp Humphreys jail Friday and returned to his unit.