Ramstein airman sentenced to 9½ years for rape, assault
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A jury sentenced a Ramstein-based airman to 9½ years in a military prison last week after finding him guilty of rape and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Airman 1st Class Daniel J. Wing also was reduced to the lowest pay grade, must forfeit all pay and allowances and will be dishonorably discharged, said 1st Lt. Chrystal Smith, an Air Force spokeswoman. He was found innocent of charges of communicating a threat, she said.
Wing, an air transportation specialist assigned to the 723rd Air Mobility Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, was charged with assaulting a male airman in his dormitory with a knife in January 2004 and raping a female airman at her apartment after she had been drinking at a going-away party last July, Smith said. He had pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Another airman, then-Airman Basic Brian McKay, was convicted in March of raping and sexually assaulting the same woman that night. He was sentenced to five years in prison, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all pay and allowances.
McKay testified during his trial that he and Wing went to the woman’s place after partying at the Tree Bar in Landstuhl. He said he and Wing talked about fooling around with the woman after she threw up and passed out in her bed. McKay said he took off the woman’s shorts as Wing stood in the room and encouraged him.
When McKay said he couldn’t go any farther because he had too much to drink, Wing said, “If you’re not going to do it, I will.”
The woman testified during the first trial that she didn’t realize she had been raped until she woke up and went to the bathroom.