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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — A staff sergeant assigned to the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron was convicted in military court this week of wrongful use of the prescription pain medication hydrocodone and of stealing the pills from the spouse of a fellow airman.

A panel of seven officers and enlisted servicemembers convicted Ronald Brown, 28. Brown had pleaded not guilty.

He was sentenced to 60 days’ hard labor without confinement and reduction to the rank of E-4. He also received a reprimand, according to officials with the staff judge advocate’s office at Ramstein.

Brown was found to have taken an undetermined number of hydrocodone pills from the spouse of an airman he worked with at the Mannheim Confinement Facility, officials said. He stole pills from the bottle on more than one occasion while visiting his friend’s house in the Mannheim area between Dec. 1, 2008, and Jan. 17, according to information from legal officials.

In court, Brown claimed he thought the medication was Motrin, officials said.


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