Two Yokota airmen court-martialed in separate cases
Stars and Stripes March 4, 2006
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Two Yokota airmen were court- martialed this week a second time following previous convictions and reversals in separate cases originally tried five years ago.
Airman Anthony Clark of the 374th Maintenance Squadron was sentenced to two months in jail, given a bad-conduct discharge, reduced in rank to airman basic and told to forfeit all pay and allowances after he was found guilty Wednesday of methamphetamine use from October 2000 to April 2001.
On Monday, Staff Sgt. Bradley Rhodes of the 374th Security Forces Squadron avoided prison but was dropped to airman basic and sentenced to the pay and allowance forfeiture for distributing Ecstasy, larceny of less than $100 and disorderly conduct.
Although the cases are not related, both men initially were convicted in 2001. But they won retrials in the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in decisions that came down in 2004 and 2005 respectively, said Capt. Ryan Lambrecht, chief of military justice for the 374th Airlift Wing’s staff judge advocate at Yokota.
He said Clark was found guilty during the first court-martial of drug charges, failure to obey an order and breaking restriction.
Meanwhile, Rhodes was accused of distributing Ecstasy from December 1999 to December 2000, Lambrecht said. In June 2000, he was accused of theft and of being drunk and disorderly.
At his first trial in 2001, Rhodes was convicted on drug charges, larceny and disorderly conduct.