Sigonella sailors admit to stealing electronics
Three Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, sailors assigned to military police duty pleaded guilty last week to stealing electronics equipment from an on-base youth center in November.
Seaman Shelby D. Graham, Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael A. Sullivan Jr. and Seaman Recruit Andrew S. Walker, all masters-at-arms, pleaded guilty last week in a military court in Mannheim, Germany, in connection to the incident, which involved stealing hundreds of dollars worth of computer equipment, TVs and other electronics. Charges included housebreaking and conspiracy to commit larceny.
According to the Sigonella public affairs office, all three will receive bad-conduct discharges. Graham, 22, also received a sentence of nine months' confinement and reduction to E-1. Sullivan, 20, will serve seven months' confinement and a reduction to E-3. Walker, 20, will be confined for four months.
Graham said at his hearing that the defendants came up with a plan last year to haul the gear away after it was discovered that the door to the unused building was left unlocked.
On-duty military police caught the defendants as they were coming out with the items, Graham said.
The plan, Graham said, was to take the electronics and sell them to some Italians on the local economy.
Another sailor is awaiting court-martial in connection with the same case, and Seaman Amos Holmes, also a master-at-arms, was convicted on related charges in December, Sigonella representatives said.