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US soldier found guilty of fellow soldier's death in Germany

The Local · 16 Nov 2010, 08:07

Published: 16 Nov 2010 08:07 GMT+01:00

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The Justice Department said Rico Williams, 33, a former air force senior airman, was convicted in a federal court in Washington.

According to the prosecutors, Williams was the leader of a gang called the Gangster Disciples sect, in Ramstein, Germany. Williams and others gathered in the small town of Hohenecken near the Ramstein Air Base, and killed 25-year-old Johnson in a gang initiation ceremony in July 2005.

"Evidence presented at trial showed that the defendant and others struck Johnson with their fists and kicked him," a statement from prosecutors said.

"Johnson died the following day from blunt force trauma injuries, including haemorrhaging to the brain and heart."

Williams later attempted to intimidate and made threats to another witness to prevent his prosecution, officials said.

Williams is the sixth person to be convicted of charges in the investigation into Johnson's death. He faces up to life in prison.

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"Today, a federal jury has held Rico Williams accountable for his role in the senseless and tragic death of army sergeant Johnson," said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.

"Gang-related violence shatters the lives of far too many Americans, including those abroad. The Justice Department is committed to ensuring that criminals who participate in such heinous acts are punished for their crimes."


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Your comments about this article

11:08 November 16, 2010 by Nathaniel
Yeah but those aren´t GDs. Why do we have gang bangers in our military...
14:19 November 16, 2010 by Wabit
Yeah but those aren´t GDs. Why do we have gang bangers in our military........

Perhaps because the military are looking for quantity and not quality when it comes to the lower ranks.
15:11 November 16, 2010 by Johnne
Perhaps they need better "integration" into the German society & respect the laws of the land of their host?? hmmm? I hope herr super seehofer & sarazin don´t read the local.
08:49 November 17, 2010 by wenddiver
To rhe benefit of the military it sounds like we fot rid of two criminal idiots at once. Wonder how he'll like his new home in the Federal Bureau of Prisons?
15:51 November 17, 2010 by VMan
The idiot was no longer in the military when he commited the crime at ROB in Kaiserslautern. Yes, there are gang bangers in all society including Germany.Germany now has many problems in urban areas with criminal gangs and biker gangs. Soem are involved in human trafficking, drugs, and other crimes. It is everywhere!
20:35 November 19, 2010 by wxman
This has nothing to do with the military. This is just another gang related hit.
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