Sgt. Acquitted in Private's Suicide Faces Fine - NBC New York

Sgt. Acquitted in Private's Suicide Faces Fine

Military officials have said Pvt. Danny Chen killed himself in Afghanistan after weeks of physical and emotional abuse



    Meet Four Inspiring Kids Tackling Cancer
    Pvt. Danny Chen

    An Army sergeant found guilty of maltreatment and assault has been sentenced to 30 days in prison, demoted to specialist and forced to forfeit one month's pay for his role in the alleged racial hazing and suicide of Pvt. Danny Chen.     

    A 10-member military jury sentenced Sgt. Adam Holcomb of Youngstown, Ohio, on Tuesday morning. The jury on Monday found him guilty of maltreatment of a subordinate and assault consummated by battery, but cleared him of the most serious charge -- negligent homicide.     

    Military prosecutors said Holcomb and seven other soldiers charged in Chen's death physically and emotionally abused the 19-year-old.   

    The defense argued Chen was an incompetent soldier who killed himself because his family disowned him.     

    The second of eight courts-martial in Chen's death is scheduled for August 13.

    Get the latest from NBC 4 New York anytime, anywhere. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Get our apps here and sign up for email newsletters here. Get breaking news delivered right to your phone -- just text NYBREAKING to 639710. For more info, text HELP. To end, text STOP. Message and data rates may apply.