Soldier receives 6-month sentence in hazing case

August 13, 2012 - 5:35 PM

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A second soldier accused of driving an Asian-American private to suicide has received a six-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to reduced charges in a court-martial at Fort Bragg.

Spc. Ryan J. Offutt of Greenville, Pa., pleaded guilty Monday to one count of hazing and two specifications of maltreatment in the death of 19-year-old Danny Chen of New York. Authorities say Chen shot himself last year in Afghanistan after being hazed over his ethnicity.

Offutt also will be demoted to private and receive a bad conduct discharge. He had faced several charges, including negligent homicide.

Last month, Sgt. Adam Holcomb was convicted of mistreating Chen, but was acquitted of being a cause of Chen's death last fall. Holcomb was sentenced to 30 days in a military prison and other penalties.