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LAJES FIELD, Azores — Two airmen were sentenced to reductions in rank and prison time after pleading guilty to charges at two separate courts-martial Tuesday at Lajes Field.

Senior Airman Jared J. Miller of the 729th Air Mobility Squadron admitted not paying eight months’ rent to his landlord, a total of 6,400 euros, and making false official statements to his commander.

The judge, Col. Gordon Hammock, reduced Miller’s rank to airman and sentenced him to three months at the military confinement facility in Mannheim, Germany. Miller faced a maximum of one year in jail, reduction in rank to E-1, loss of two-thirds’ pay per month for 12 months, and a bad-conduct discharge.

In the other case, Senior Airman Nicholas R. Knaggs of the 65th Operations Support Squadron pleaded guilty to using methamphetamines.

Hammock ordered him reduced to the rank of airman and sentenced him to 75 days at the Mannheim facility. Knaggs faced a maximum of one year’s confinement, reduction to E-1, loss of two-thirds pay per month for 12 months, and a bad-conduct discharge.


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