Rota-based sailor sentenced to four years for assault on wife
Stars and Stripes March 29, 2006
A 30-year-old Rota-based sailor was sentenced to serve four years of a nine-year prison term after pleading guilty last week at a general court-martial to assaulting his wife.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Boyed, stationed at Naval Station Rota, Spain, also will be dishonorably discharged from the Navy, reduced to the lowest rank of E-1, and will forfeit all pay and allowances, according to information released by the prosecutor’s office through public affairs.
Capt. Dave White, the military judge, upheld a plea deal capping Boyed’s prison term to four years and suspended five years of the sentence.
Boyed can be made to serve the remaining five years if he commits any misconduct for up to a year after his release.
Boyed, an aviation electrician’s mate, was charged with five specifications of aggravated assault, one count of assault consummated by a battery and violation of a military protective order, according to information provided by the U.S. Region Legal Service Office, which prosecutes cases on behalf of the Navy.
The court-martial was held in Rota on March 22 and 23.
Before his court-martial, Boyed had been held at the U.S. military detention facility in Mannheim, Germany, since Nov. 17.
The facility holds inmates who are awaiting trial, serving out short-term sentences, or on hold until they can be transferred to the U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Under military law, Boyed’s case automatically goes before the Navy-Marine Court of Military Appeals for review because the sentence includes both confinement of more than a year and a dishonorable discharge, according to prosecutors.
Boyed’s civilian and military defense lawyers did not respond to inquiries seeking information.