Humphreys GI gets jail in punching incident
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — A 23-year-old Camp Humphreys soldier was sentenced Monday to six months in jail and a bad conduct discharge after pleading guilty to punching a fellow soldier.
Pvt. Rolando A. Maitland, of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 194th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, pleaded guilty to assault in a case tried before military judge Col. Donna M. Wright and an eight-member jury.
But the jury acquitted Maitland of perjury, a charge stemming from his testimony as a witness in an unrelated case.
Monday’s conviction was Maitland’s second in about five months and involved a Dec. 30 incident in which he punched Pvt. Michael McIntyre in the face.
On Nov. 20, he was sentenced to 45 days at hard labor without jail for punching another soldier — Pvt. Jeremy Smith.
The perjury charge arose from Maitland’s November court-martial testimony about a July 2007 barracks incident in which a soldier allegedly was knocked unconscious.
Maitland was accused of being among others who moved the soldier to a stairwell outside the barracks.
Maitland had testified he found the soldier lying in the outside stairwell.
He was acquitted of conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice, and making a false statement.
However, prosecutors last month charged him with perjury for the November testimony.
The court Monday heard testimony from McIntyre that he and Maitland moved the injured soldier from inside the barracks to the outside staircase.
Referring to Maitland, prosecutor Capt. Scott Hughes told jurors he was “trying to cover up misconduct on his part.”
But defense lawyer Capt. Brian S. Tomasovic told jurors Maitland “was confused on the witness stand.”