A National Guard sergeant drew six years in prison for plotting an abortive mass desertion from a base where his unit was training for Persian Gulf combat.
A court-martial board of seven Army officers Wednesday convicted Sgt. Robert Pete, 24, of attempted desertion, conspiracy to desert, solicitation to desert and arranging a strike or demonstration involving members of the military.Along with the prison term, Pete received a dishonorable discharge.
Pete's lawyer, Capt. Larry Finger, said he will appeal.
Pete is one of three members of the 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry, based in Lake Charles, who faced charges. A court-martial for Spc. Dwayne K. Brown, 19, began after Pete was sentenced. Spc. Derrick Guidry, 24, faces trial April 24.