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A court-martial panel in Schweinfurt, Germany, convicted a 1st Infantry Division soldier last week of a long list of charges that began with shoplifting and ended with his capture after escaping from military custody.

Pvt. Gary D. Ousley, 20, of the 1st Battalion, 77th Armor out of Schweinfurt, pleaded guilty to five charges, was convicted of two others and was found innocent of an eighth, said Capt. Jason Duncan, the military prosecutor.

A dozen other charges were dropped or dismissed after the military judge, Lt. Col. Robin Hall, ruled that evidence supporting them couldn’t be presented to the jury of four officers and four enlisted soldiers, Duncan said.

Ousley’s troubles began Sept. 12, when he walked into a Media Markt electronics store in Schweinfurt and stole a car-stereo amplifier. Store security personnel noticed the theft later while reviewing security videotapes, Duncan said.

Four days later, an employee spotted Ousley when he returned to the store. The soldier was detained while workers called the German police, Duncan said, but he scuffled with an employee when they tried to arrest him.

Three months later, with charges still pending, Ousley and some friends traveled to Amsterdam. Returning home Dec. 23, Duncan said, German police pulled the group over and searched them. They found 24 grams of marijuana in Ousley’s possession.

On Jan. 9, he ran away from guards who were escorting him from Conn Barracks in Schweinfurt to a military jail, Duncan said. He escaped from the base but was caught the next day when he tried to return.

At the two-day court-martial Thursday and Friday, Ousley pleaded guilty to charges of drug possession, larceny, failing to report for duty, disobeying an officer and escaping custody, Duncan said. The jury convicted him of resisting arrest and assault with battery, and acquitted him of using marijuana.

The panel sentenced Ousley to 468 days in prison, forfeiture of all pay during his sentence, reduction to the lowest enlisted rank, and a bad-conduct discharge, Duncan said.


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