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Fairchild Airman court-martialed, sentenced for wrongful drug use

A general court-martial is the most serious level of military courts. It consists of a military judge, trail counsel, defense counsel and at least five court members. 
(Courtesy Photo)

A general court-martial is the most serious level of military courts. It consists of a military judge, trail counsel, defense counsel and at least five court members. (Courtesy Photo)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- On July 22, a special court-martial was convened in the case of United States vs. Senior Airman Randolph R. Sullivan. Sullivan, of the 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron, was accused of committing several acts of wrongful drug use, including the use of cocaine and Percocet. Sullivan pled guilty to one charge and two specifications of Article 112a, of the Uniform Code Military Justice and wrongful use of a controlled substance.

At the court-martial, Sullivan requested to be tried by judge alone. The judge was presented compelling evidence regarding the drug use. Capt. Leanna Seidlich, trial counsel, stressed the Air Force's interests should have taken precedence over Sullivan's own personal interest, because the Air Force is not the place for an Airman who puts his own desires for a good time ahead of the Air Force. Sullivan's defense counsel alternately pointed out he saved the Air Force time and money through a guilty plea and a pretrial agreement, so he should not be punished as severely.

After deliberating, the judge sentenced Sullivan to be confined in a military confinement facility for four months, to be reduced in grade to E-1 and to forfeiture of $1,044.00 per month for four months.