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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A Yokota airman has been sentenced to nine months in jail for missing a troop movement.

Staff Sgt. Johnny Francisco of the 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron also was reduced in rank to airman basic and given a dishonorable discharge during a general court-martial.

According to Capt. John Simms of the 374th Airlift Wing’s legal office, Francisco engaged in a series of missteps prior to a scheduled deployment last fall. The airman was supposed to leave Yokota on Sept. 12.

At his four-day court-martial, which ended May 11, Francisco pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty for failing to adequately prepare for his deployment.

He also acknowledged making statements to co-workers about not deploying, lying about attending M-16 training and telling others he would go to the Life Skills Support Center — Yokota’s mental-health clinic — to get out of his deployment.

Francisco pleaded guilty to missing the movement out of neglect, Simms said, but the military judge found him guilty of the more serious charge of not making the deployment flight by design, ruling he deliberately took actions to avoid it.

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