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A U.S. soldier was sentenced to one year in prison Tuesday for assaulting a fellow soldier in December, according to legal officials.

Pfc. William D. Gutierrez, of the 501st Special Troops Battalion, was found guilty on one charge of aggravated assault and one charge of assault consummated by battery.

He was found not guilty of charges he falsely enlisted in the Army and that he impeded an investigation.

Gutierrez was ordered to forfeit $650 a month for 12 months and was reduced to the lowest military pay grade, E-1.

According to court documents, Gutierrez struck a private on the head with a chair during the Dec. 22 incident. He also was accused of repeatedly striking the private, leaving the victim with a fractured skull.

He elected to be judged by a court-martial panel of five officers and three enlisted members during the trial Monday and Tuesday at Camp Henry.

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