Soldier sentenced in Baumholder stabbing
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A soldier with the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has been convicted in the Jan. 8 stabbing of another soldier in his unit and was sentenced at a court-martial to 27 months’ confinement and a bad conduct discharge.
Lafarama Head pleaded guilty to one specification of aggravated assault and was convicted Tuesday of two specifications of aggravated assault and one specification of drunk and disorderly conduct, according to Capt. Royal T. Reff, spokesman for the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Baumholder. Head was acquitted of provoking speech and gestures, and communicating a threat, Reff said in an email.
The military judge sentenced Head to reduction in rank from sergeant to private, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and a bad conduct discharge. Head was to be moved to a facility in Germany to serve his 27-month sentence, Reff said.
The victim of the January stabbing was badly injured and operated on for several hours at the Idar-Oberstein hospital. He was later sent to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center for recovery.
Reff said the victim, whom he declined to identify, has made a full recovery, except for nerve damage to his neck and back.
“He’s back at work at the 170th,” he said.
The stabbing occurred outside a disco called the Coyote Ugly in Baumholder, U.S. Army Europe officials and German police said at the time.