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BURY ST. EDMUNDS, England — Two Cambridge men pleaded guilty to assaulting two RAF Mildenhall airmen last summer and received a lesser sentence than an airman who pleaded guilty to knife possession in the same incident, authorities said.

Edward Harper, 18, and William Harper, 21, at the time of the July 29 incident, were each sentenced to 40 hours community service and a 100-pound ($200) fine, according to the Bury St. Edmunds Magistrates’ Court.

It is unknown whether the men are related.

The two men pleaded guilty Monday, four months after they pleaded not guilty on Nov. 9, 2006, to a host of assault and threatening behavior charges that stemmed from a brawl between the Harpers and two RAF Mildenhall airmen outside a Newmarket club.

Meanwhile, 100th Maintenance Squadron Senior Airman Antonio Barranca was sentenced to 80 hours community service and fined 50 pounds ($100) for possession of an article with a blade or point, according to the court.

One of the assailants had to be treated for a stab wound following the fight, according to the Suffolk Constabulary, which refused to identify which person suffered the stab wound, citing the British Data Protection Act.

Barranca, however, was never charged with using the knife.


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