Sergeant found guilty on 1 count in soldier death

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A military jury has found an Army sergeant guilty on one of three charges in the hazing-related death of Pvt. Danny Chen.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that Sgt. Jeffrey T. Hurst was found not guilty Friday of hazing and maltreatment. He was found guilty of dereliction of duty. The sentencing phase of Hurst’s trial began Friday afternoon.

Hurst, who testified in his own defense, is the sixth of a group of soldiers to face court-martial in the Chen case. The 19-year-old private killed himself in October 2011 during deployment in Afghanistan.

The eight soldiers faced charges including allegations of racial taunting and failing to stop the hazing.

The trials are being held at Fort Bragg because the Alaska-based unit was under the command of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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