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WIESBADEN, Germany — A soldier assigned to the 1st Cavalry Regiment was sentenced to 54 years in prison for molesting a child under 16 at a general court-martial that ended Friday.

Spc. Jesse L. Brandon Jr., a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, also was stripped of all pay and benefits, reduced in rank to E-1 and given a dishonorable discharge, according to a news release by the 1st Armored Division public affairs office.

Brandon, 23, pleaded guilty to the charge, according to the news release.

Judge (Col.) Denise Lind presided in the case, which was heard by a panel of four officers and five enlisted soldiers. The sentence was the maximum allowable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Maj. Gen. Fred D. Robinson, 1st AD commander and convening authority for the case, will now review the decision.


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