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DI gets 6 months for abusing recruits
DI gets 6 months for abusing recruits
Staff and wire reports
Posted : Friday Nov 16, 2007 18:13:55 EST

SAN DIEGO A military jury sentenced a drill instructor Thursday to six months in the brig and a bad-conduct discharge after he was convicted Wednesday of abusing recruits, violating training rules and damaging recruits personal property.

Sgt. Jerrod M. Glass also received a reduction in rank to private and a forfeiture of pay. .

The six-member jury found Glass, 25, guilty of two specifications of cruelty and maltreatment, one specification of assault, two specifications of failing to obey a lawful order and three specifications of destroying personal property.

The jurys decision came on the second day of deliberations after five days of testimony in Glass general court-martial, held in a second-floor courtroom near the depots famed parade deck.

Glass, a former military police dog handler and veteran of two combat tours in Iraq, was accused of shoving, hitting, kicking and punching many members of Platoon 2167, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion. The incidents happened over a seven-week period late last year and early this year.

When he was charged, Glass faced 225 separate counts after an investigation found 110 factual incidents. On the trials eve, both sides and the judge, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Meeks, agreed to consolidate the charges into 10 counts incorporating the gist of the earlier allegations. One count was later dismissed, and another was consolidated into the final eight charges.

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