Second soldier gets jail time for Camp Humphreys bar fight
Stars and Stripes March 5, 2006
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — A Camp Humphreys soldier, whose girlfriend was sentenced to a prison term and bad conduct discharge Wednesday in a set of assaults on fellow soldiers, was sentenced to prison Friday in a separate but related court-martial.
But unlike his girlfriend, he was not booted out of the Army.
Pfc. George W. Williams Jr., of the 520th Maintenance Company, was sentenced to six months in prison, reduction to the military’s lowest pay grade, E-1, and total forfeiture of pay and allowances.
Prosecuting Williams was Capt. Yong J. Lee of Camp Humphreys. His defense lawyer was Capt. Seth D. Cohen of Camp Casey.
A five-member military jury of two officers and three senior noncommissioned officers convicted him Friday morning of assault charges but found him innocent of three other charges: being drunk and disorderly, disobeying a lawful order and resisting apprehension.
The court-martial began Thursday at Camp Humphreys before Army Col. Patrick J. Parrish, chief judge for the 6th Judicial Circuit.
Williams was found guilty of assaulting three soldiers Aug. 7 at Camp Humphreys. Jurors found he punched Spc. Jason Barrington in the face, then kicked him while he was on the ground. They also found that he punched Pvt. John P. Rackowski in the face and punched Pvt. William Potts.
Jurors heard Williams first confronted Rackowski after the soldier did not respond to Williams’ girlfriend’s request for a cigarette.
Williams was found innocent of charges stemming from a Sept. 5 incident in the Asia Hotel near Osan Air Base. He was found not guilty of being drunk and disorderly, disobeying a lawful order and resisting apprehension. The charges arose after Air Force security police encountered Williams and his girlfriend while answering the hotel’s complaint of noise coming from their room.
On Wednesday, a jury at Camp Humphreys convicted Williams’ girlfriend, Pfc. Kellyene A. John, on charges of assault, drunk and disorderly conduct, resisting apprehension, disobeying an officer, disrespecting a noncommissioned officer, disobeying a noncommissioned officer and falsifying an official statement.
John was given a bad-conduct discharge, one year in prison, reduction to E-1 and total forfeiture of pay and allowances.