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A sailor based at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, was convicted last week during a special court-martial on charges stemming from an incident in which a group of sailors stole electronics equipment from an on-base youth center in order to sell it, Navy officials said.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Gene Jackson, 28, was found guilty of conspiracy, wrongful appropriation and larceny, and unlawful entry.

In November, sailors stole computer equipment, televisions and other electronics with the intention of selling the items on the economy, according to an e-mail sent Monday afternoon by Navy Region Public Affairs and previous court testimony.

Three other sailors pleaded guilty in March to stealing the electronics equipment. Seaman Shelby Graham, Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Sullivan Jr. and Seaman Recruit Andrew Walker, all masters-at-arms, pleaded guilty in military court in Mannheim, Germany.

Jackson was found not guilty on a perjury charge during the special court-martial held last week in Sigonella.

The military judge, Capt. Dave White, sentenced Jackson to be reduced to the lowest pay grade of E-1, forfeiture of $800 pay per month for two months and confinement for four months, according to the e-mail.

Another sailor, Seaman Amos Holmes, was convicted during a special court-martial in Sigonella in mid-December. He was sentenced to reduction to E-1, forfeiture of $823 pay per month for four months and confinement for four months.


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