A former Air Force senior airman was sentenced in D.C. federal court Friday to 22 years in prison in connection with a 2005 slaying in Germany.
Rico Rodrigus Williams, 34, was sentenced after he was found guilty of second degree murder and witness tampering charges.
Authorities say Williams was the leader of a gang, the Gangster Disciples sect, and killed Army Sgt. Juwan Johnson in Hohenecken near the Ramstein, Germany Air Base.
Authorities say Johnson was killed during a gang initiation. After the slaying, authorities say Williams intimidated some of the witnesses to the slaying.
"Sgt. Juwan Johnson served our country in dangerous places, including Iraq, where he was seriously injured by a roadside bomb. He recuperated from his injuries and was nearing the end of his service when his promising life was ended in a frenzied beating by Rico Williams and theGangster Disciples," said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. "Today's sentence holds Rico Williams accountable for his leadership role in this brutal act and for his attempts to cover up the crime."
Williams was the sixth person to be convicted of charges in connection with Johnson's slaying.
Airman Nicholas Sims and Army Sgt. Rodney Howell were convicted of involuntary manslaughter in military court proceedings and Army Private Terrance Norman was convicted of voluntary manslaughter.
Airman Jerome Jones was convicted in military court proceedings of conspiracy to commit assault, obstruction of justice, gang participation, and other charges.
Army Specialist Bobby Morissette was convicted in military court proceedings of gang participation and other charges.