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YOKOHAMA, Japan — An airman assigned to Camp Zama and the civilian husband of a Yokota Air Base servicemember were sentenced to prison Tuesday for a series of robberies in Kanagawa Prefecture last spring.

Airman 1st Class Johnny Christopher Warford, 22, who works for a 374th Communications Squadron detachment at the U.S. Army base, was sentenced to six years in prison while Moses Richard Emmanuel, 22, a Yokota dependent, got seven years — both at hard labor. The 110 days the two spent in detention will be deducted from their jail terms.

Emmanuel faced additional charges of assaulting a Japanese man in April and possession of marijuana. In June, law-enforcement officials seized 12.5 grams from his Yokota apartment. He pleaded guilty to both charges.

Air Force Col. Anne Morris, a U.S. Forces Japan spokeswoman, had few details about Tuesday’s sentencing but said the military will vigorously pursue servicemembers and their families who engage in misconduct.

“We think it sends a message that our standards are high,” she said. “For those folks who make unwise, bad decisions and do things like this, they will be held accountable. We’re looking for them, and when we catch them, we’re going to prosecute them.”

At Tuesday’s proceedings, Kenichi Kurita, the presiding judge, read the sentences, calling the acts “violent and heinous.”

On May 13 between 1 and 3 a.m., the two Americans attacked their victims from behind and knocked them to the ground, using a fake gun and knife to threaten them while hiding their faces with bandanas. During a second court appearance last month, they pleaded guilty to robbing or attempting to steal from six people in Yokohama and Yamato cities.

Kurita labeled the deeds “selfish and … not excusable at all,” saying Emmanuel acted out of a need for money and Warford, who knew about his friend’s financial difficulties, did nothing to stop the crime spree.

The two played roles in the crimes but could not be considered ringleaders, Kurita ruled. During testimony in November, Emmanuel and Warford said a third American was the instigator.

Mewe-Pira Oritsejolomi Oretemi Alize, 25, of Fujisawa City, an English teacher with no ties to the U.S. military, is being tried separately. Warford testified during Alize’s first hearing last month, and Emmanuel will appear as a witness Jan. 26, when Alize is expected back in Yokohama District Court.

Kurita said he took into account that some robbery attempts failed, the victims sustained mostly minor injuries and the two had no previous criminal record. He also said Warford did not take his share of the money they stole and Emmanuel has a small child to take care of. Emmanuel and Warford also paid “apology money” to six victims, five of whom expressed forgiveness.

The prosecutor had asked that Emmanuel and Warford receive 11- and 10-year sentences, respectively, at hard labor. Their defense attorneys sought leniency, conceding both men’s involvement but claiming they played only “passive roles” and were manipulated by Alize.

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