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CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — A 2nd Infantry Division sergeant was found guilty in Uijeongbu court and sentenced to one year in South Korean jail for using his car to strike a taxi driver after a traffic accident.

Sgt. 1st Class Marlowe Davon Howard of Division Special Troops Battalion, Alpha Company, will appeal the Sept. 3 sentence because he believes he is not guilty, an employee working for the soldier’s defense attorney said Thursday.

Uijeongbu District Court Judge Jang Chul-ik ruled that Howard struck a taxi with his car while driving in Dongducheon in December, court officials said Thursday.

After the taxi driver got out of the car, Howard then struck the driver with his car and continued for about 800 yards with the taxi driver dangling from the hood, according to court officials.

Officials from 2nd ID confirmed the sentence, but they did not have further information or comments as of Friday evening.

Howard’s attorney was out of the country and unavailable for comment. Howard also was unavailable for comment.

The taxi driver asked for 5 million won ($4,400) in compensation, but Howard refused to pay because he believed he was not fully at fault, according to the employee at the attorney’s office.

Monetary compensation is common in South Korean court cases and often lessens or even suspends a jail sentence.

The employee added that Howard said he did not believe the driver was seriously injured.

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