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Prison Sentence Pared in Air Force Harassment Case

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MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) — An Ohio-based former Air Force chief master sergeant sentenced in Illinois to 20 months in prison on sexual misconduct charges soon will be released from prison now that his confinement has been pared on appeal to just four months.

Lt. Gen. Robert Allardice made a ruling Wednesday, crediting William Gurney with time served. That means Gurney could be freed from prison by early next month.

Allardice also reduced the jury’s January sentence from a dishonorable discharge to a bad-conduct discharge but upheld the panel’s demotion of Gurney to the Air Force’s lowest rank possible, basic airman.

During a January court-martial trial at Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois, Gurney was convicted or pleaded guilty to 15 counts, including adultery and sexual misconduct often involving female subordinates.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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