US Army sergeant in Russia sentenced to 3 years and 9 months in prison

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US Army sergeant in Russia sentenced to 3 years and 9 months in prison

A Vladivostok court sentenced 34-year-old US Army sergeant Gordon Black to 3 years and 9 months in prison in a general regime correctional colony. An American serviceman was found guilty of theft and threatening to kill. Additionally, the court sentenced him to 320 hours of compulsory work and ordered him to pay a fine of 10 thousand rubles.

Black ended up in Russia when he decided to visit his girlfriend named Sasha. He was stationed at a US military base in South Korea and planned to return to the US for further duty at Fort Cavazos, Texas. However, before that, he decided to make a stop in Vladivostok.

According to the case file, approximately two weeks after arriving in Russia, a quarrel occurred between Black and his girlfriend. Sasha claims that during the conflict, the sergeant beat her and then stole 200 rubles and alcohol from her. After this, she contacted law enforcement agencies, who detained the American serviceman.

At the trial, Black partially admitted his guilt, confirming the fact of theft, but denied threatening to kill. However, the court found the prosecution's evidence sufficient to reach a conviction.

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