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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A military judge sentenced a Spangdahlem-based airman to five months in prison after finding him guilty of larceny, selling military property and obtaining services under false pretenses.

Senior Airman Travis P. Hoisington, a member of the base’s 52nd Communications Squadron, also was reduced to pay grade E-2 and will receive a bad-conduct discharge, said Iris Reiff, a Spangdahlem Air Base spokeswoman.

Hoisington pleaded guilty to the charges during a court-martial that began Wednesday and ended late Thursday.

He was found innocent on charges of stealing military communication equipment and spools of wire.

He faced a maximum punishment of 26 years in prison if the judge had found him guilty of all of the charges, according to Reiff.

Hoisington admitted to stealing a government cell phone’s Subscriber Identity Module, or SIM card, in July 2005 and ringing up 1,167 euros’ worth of Air Force telephone services.

He also pleaded guilty to charges that he sold a military laptop computer valued at $1,000 to another military servicemember between April 1 and July 30, 2005 and a military desktop computer tower worth $750.


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