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A Schweinfurt, Germany-based soldier was reprimanded and sentenced to 179 days incarceration and loss of $1,000 per month for four years in connection with a fatal hit-and-run incident near Schweinfurt in August 2005.

The soldier, Warrant Officer Jose C. Cruz, formerly of 1st Battalion, 4th Cavalry (now 1st Battalion, 91st Cavalry), was found guilty on counts of negligent homicide, obstruction of justice, failure to report a traffic incident to the police and failure to render first aid after a traffic incident, according to a press release issued Friday by the 7th Army Public Affairs Office.

The charges were in connection with the death of Erwin Rudorfer on German route B-19.

After a three-day trial in Würzburg, a military panel deliberated for several hours before reaching its verdict Wednesday. Cruz received his sentence the next day.

Cruz was acquitted of the charge of involuntary manslaughter, which had been the most serious against him, and faced a maximum penalty of 12 years imprisonment, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all pay and allowances.


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