Fort Sill sergeant admits bribery

Friday, January 7th 2005, 8:40 am
By: News On 6

FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) -- A drill sergeant at Fort Sill is pleading guilty to bribing recruits in exchange for giving them passing grades during basic training.

Staff Sergeant Kelvin Womack pleaded guilty to bribery and other charges and is to testify when Sergeant First Class Larry Jones is court-martialed on similar charges next week.

Prosecutors say Womack and Jones sold "insurance" to basic trainees, who were then giving passing grades on physical training tests whether they completed the tests or not.

One soldier testified he paid $600 for the insurance and was passed even though he hid out while his platoon went through its final series of basic training tests.

As part of Womack's plea agreement he will be sentenced to 30 months in jail, reduced in rank, forfeit pay and be given a dishonorable discharge.