MURDER CHARGE IN BEATING DEATH OF G.I.
IN GERMANY - FORMER AIRMAN RICO WILLIAMS
INDICTED IN FATAL ASSAULT ON ARMY SGT
COULD GET LIFE IN PRISON IF CONVICTED
ALSO HIT WITH "WITNESS-TAMPERING" CHARGE
JUWAN JOHNSON DIED IN BRUTAL AND BLOODY
"GANG INITIATION RITES" IN 2005
It was one of the most brutal, ugliest crimes ever perpetrated by American service members against another.
Army Sgt. Juwan Johnson was beaten into a bloody pulp during an out-of-control gang initiation rite where members of the "Gangster Disciples" must endure at least six minutes of "pummeling" by members in order to join the lawless group.
Johnson's misguided desire to be in the criminal gang cost him his life.
And now former Air Force A1C Rico Williams, one of the punks that participated in the savage attack, has been indicted on second-degree murder charges. He also has been hit with three counts of "witness-tampering." If convicted, the thug could receive life imprisonment.
Williams was arrested Feb. 6 in Chesapeake, Va. and was arraigned before a U.S. magistrate in Norfolk.
VICIOUS ATTACK DESCRIBED BY AN EYE-WITNESS
"They were on him like a pack of dogs," PFC Latisha Ellis told Army investigators.
The fatal beating took place July 3, 2005 at a pavilion near Hohenecken, Germany. Johnson died of his massive injuries the next day.
Members of the 66th Transportation Company in Kaiserslauten had pleaded with Army officials to "do something" about the gang activity in the unit but had been brushed off. Sources told MilitaryCorruption.com an unidentified investigating officer had done a "whitewash" 15-6 claiming there was "insufficient evidence" such a thing was going on.
"If they had nipped this in the bud, Sgt. Johnson might be alive today," an MCC reporter in Europe was told.
The victim hailed from Baltimore, Md., was married with a small child, and was scheduled to go home to the United States after a hard year in Iraq in the weeks before his senseless death.