GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — A U.S. soldier has agreed to plead guilty to throwing a crowbar that struck a German motorcyclist in the head, according to the Joint Multinational Training Command.

Pvt. Roy Buhrow was one of five American soldiers who were detained near Grafenwöhr Training Area on June 21 after police said one of the soldiers threw a crowbar from a vehicle, striking the German motorcyclist in the face and seriously injuring him. The 33-year-old victim, who crashed after he was struck, suffered facial fractures and a broken jaw that required several hours of surgery, Auerbach deputy police chief Roman Markert said, a few days after the incident.

Buhrow has agreed to waive his right to an Article 32 hearing and will plead guilty to assault, which was likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm, command spokeswoman Maj. Jennifer Johnson said in an e-mail.

He also agreed to plead guilty to several other charges including failing to report for duty, disobeying an order not to consume alcohol and being drunk and disorderly.

Johnson said Buhrow will not plead guilty to a charge that he wrongfully and recklessly engaged in conduct that was likely to cause death or grievous bodily harm.

JMTC commander Brig. Gen. Steven Salazar has accepted Buhrow’s offer to plead guilty, Johnson said.

The details of the plea agreement have not been made public. He will be sentenced during his court-martial, which is scheduled to take place on Rose Barracks in Vilseck on Nov. 9.

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Seth Robson is a Tokyo-based reporter who has been with Stars and Stripes since 2003. He has been stationed in Japan, South Korea and Germany, with frequent assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Australia and the Philippines.

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