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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — A U.S. soldier was sentenced Friday evening to 3½ years in prison, fined $40,000 and stripped of his rank following a two-day court-martial.

Military judge Col. Gregory Gross also gave Staff Sgt. Karl Alderman Jr. a bad-conduct discharge and ordered him to forfeit all pay and allowances.

And, Gross ruled, if Alderman fails to pay the $40,000 fine, he’ll face an additional 18 months in prison.

Gross found Alderman guilty earlier Friday of seven specifications of making false official statements, two specifications of larceny and of wrongfully wearing the Meritorious Service Medal.

Alderman pleaded not guilty Thursday to all charges through defense attorneys Lt. Col. Mike Black and Capt. Lynn Williams.

According to testimony during the trial — and during a motions hearing Wednesday — Alderman lied about being married so he could fraudulently receive housing and family separation allowances.

A finance specialist testified that Alderman received more than $50,000 in extra allowances in a five-year period.

Alderman also was found guilty of lying about attending a military training course and of submitting a false award — the MSM — into his records and wearing the medal.

Gross also found Alderman guilty of falsely claiming he had graduated from college and entering those transcripts into his records.

Key to the trial was Gross’s denial of a defense motion to suppress evidence — the false-medal award and training certificate that another soldier found in a private folder on Alderman’s work desk.

Gross ruled Thursday that Alderman had no “reasonable expectation of privacy” involving a binder left on his desk in the workspace and that the other soldier conducted a “private search motivated by his own curiosity.”

Alderman was transferred Friday to the confinement facility at Camp Humphreys.

He could have been sentenced to a maximum 55½ years in prison, a dishonorable discharge, reduction to E-1 and a full loss of all pay and benefits.


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