Airman jailed five years for off-base shooting

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Gunshots broke out after a house party in Clearfield, Utah, March 2021, resulting with an Airman jailed for the next five years for three specifications of aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon.

When the Clearfield Police Department arrived at the site, a civilian was found with a gunshot wound to the arm.  A senior airman was identified as the gunman by witnesses at the scene.

His trial concluded March 21, 2022, after he entered a plea agreement nearly a year after local authorities and Office of Special Investigations Detachment 113 at Hill began investigating the shooting.

According to a witness account, the victim punched the subject during an altercation. Following this, the Airman retrieved a handgun, causing the victim and his companions to flee the scene.  Around this time, the subject shot approximately five times in their direction..

As a result, besides five-year confinement, the subject was sentenced to reduction in rank to airman basic, total forfeiture of pay and a dishonorable discharge.

“This case shows how OSI works in close collaboration with local authorities,” said Maj. Bradley Byington, OSI Det 113 commander. “When so many witnesses are involved, uncovering the truth can be challenging. However, our Special Agents and local partners were able to successfully complete this investigation through hard work and professionalism.”

Editor’s Note: This article is the sixth installment of the Public Affairs “Justice for All” series; a collection of recent court martial cases highlighting the tireless efforts of OSI Special Agents, as they fulfill their mission to defend the nation, protect the integrity of the Department of the Air Force, find the truth and serve justice for all.