Army contractor sentenced in stabbing

July 8, 2011 at 3:50 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army contractor was sentenced Friday to more than three years in prison for stabbing another individual in Afghanistan, the Justice Department said.

Sean T. Brehm, 45, of Cape Town, South Africa, received a prison term of 42 months after pleading guilty to one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury, the Justice Department said in a release.

Court documents indicate the stabbing occurred Nov. 25, 2010, at Kandahar Airfield while Brehm was working as a contractor for DynCorp International, a U.S. Army contractor in Afghanistan. The documents indicated the stabbing of a contractor with the U.S. Agency for International Development resulted in serious enough injuries that the victim underwent emergency surgery immediately following the incident.

U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga also sentenced Brehm to three years of supervised release after his prison term is completed.

Brehm was charged under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, which gives U.S. courts jurisdiction to prosecute crimes committed outside the United States by Defense Department contractors or subcontractors, among others.

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