A 26-year-old sailor stationed in Bahrain was convicted of rape during a general court-martial and sentenced to three years’ confinement and a bad-conduct discharge, U.S. Navy officials said.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Jerome King, a flight support aviation technician at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, had faced a possible sentence of life in prison.

Instead, the five-member jury, which consisted of two officers and three enlisted personnel, sentenced him to three years after finding him guilty on the following charges: rape, forcible sodomy, assault with intent to commit rape, adultery, and indecent assault, according to information provided through Lt. Kaye Trammell, a U.S. Naval Forces Central Command spokeswoman. The trial ended over the weekend and had lasted a week, she said.

King and the woman, who officials said is a third country national who is not Bahraini, were friends, and were out together on the evening of Oct. 25 before going to the woman’s off-base apartment, where the incident took place, Trammell said.

King now is at Camp Arifjan, in Kuwait, before being transferred to a prison in the United States, Trammell said. It has not been determined where he will serve out his sentence.

King’s defense attorney, Lt. Michael Arcati, declined to comment on the case since it automatically will go through an appeal process.

The convening authority, Capt. Mark Deardurff, commander of Navy Region Southwest Asia, now must decide whether to uphold the jury’s conviction and sentencing.

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