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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Two soldiers charged in the gang-initiation beating death of Sgt. Juwan Johnson will face a court-martial on June 6.

Sgt. Rodney Howell is charged with involuntary manslaughter, hazing, aggravated assault, conspiracy, and making a false official statement, said Maj. Al Hing, a spokesman for the 21st Theater Support Command. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 26 years in prison, dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and reduction to the lowest pay grade.

Pvt. Terrance Norman is charged with involuntary manslaughter, hazing, aggravated assault, assault, making a false official statement and conspiracy. He faces a maximum sentence of 37 years and three months in prison, dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and reduction to the lowest pay grade. An Article 32 hearing was held for both soldiers in March.

A witness testified during the case that both Norman and Howell each punched Johnson 20 or more times during July 3, 2005 initiation ceremony. Johnson, a 25-year-old soldier with the 66th Transportation Company, died the following day. In all, five soldiers have faced various charges in the death, with more cases pending.

Howell and Norman will be the first two involved to face courts-martial.

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