Guilty plea entered in South Korea bottle attack
Stars and Stripes October 6, 2005
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — A South Korean prosecutor is seeking a five-year jail term for a U.S. soldier accused of breaking a beer bottle across a Uijeongbu chef’s face.
Pfc. Anthony Walker Jr., 20, who is based at Camp Red Cloud, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault in the Uijeongbu District Court on Tuesday, court official Park Sun-mi said.
The charges stemmed from a July 2 attack in which Walker smashed a beer bottle across the face of Cho Su-whan, 34.
The South Korean government is granted primary jurisdiction in crimes committed by U.S. military community members while off-duty as outlined by the Status of Forces Agreement that governs the legal status of the U.S. military here.
South Korean prosecutor Kim Young-chul recommended Kim Byeong-ju, the chief judge, impose a five-year prison sentence on Walker, Park said.
A heavy sentence is warranted because of the severe wounds inflicted on the victim and because Walker had not made a settlement with the victim, Kim argued.
The court is to make a ruling on the case on Nov. 9, Park said.
Maj. Karl Ivey, 2nd Infantry Division spokesman, said Tuesday that another U.S. soldier received nonjudicial punishment for lying to South Korean police about the bottle attack.
Camp Red Cloud-based Pfc. Jerome Doby, 22, initially wrongly identified by South Korean police as Jerome Everette, received nonjudicial punishment for lying to police after he was detained at the scene of the attack, Ivey said.
Another soldier questioned by South Korean police, Pvt. Derion Reynolds, 20, was not punished because of a lack of evidence that he was involved in the assault, Ivey said.