Sergeant gets month in jail over Chinese-American suicide
A sergeant in the US army was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in a military jail for assault and mistreatment of Chinese-American soldier Danny Chen, who committed suicide in Afghanistan.
Jurors at a court martial in Fort Bragg, North Carolina set out the penalty a day after acquitting Sergeant Adam Holcomb on the more serious charges of negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and communicating a threat.
Last October's suicide of private Chen, 19, the son of Chinese immigrants, outraged New York's ethnic Chinese community amid allegations that he had been singled out for hazing by his fellow soldiers.
Family members and supporters said Chen -- the only Chinese-American in his battalion -- had faced racist abuse, including name-calling such as "egg roll," "chink" and "dragon lady," almost every day of his six weeks in Afghanistan.
During the trial, the court martial heard that Chen -- who was to be transferred the day after he shot himself -- was ordered to crawl on the ground to be pelted with rocks a few hours before he died.
Four other soldiers await court martial in connection with the case.
Holcomb, who will forfeit his pay for the month he is behind bars, had faced a maximum possible sentence of two years' imprisonment.