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Airman sentenced at court-martial for cocaine use

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A senior airman assigned to the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron was sentenced with a reduction to the grade of E-2, restriction to Vandenberg AFB for two months, and hard labor without confinement for three months, for the use of cocaine on two separate occasions at a general court-martial held here April 18-20, 2011.

Senior Airman Kyle Mull pled not guilty before a panel of officer and enlisted members to two wrongful uses of cocaine, both a violation of Article 112a, Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Airman Mull's misconduct was discovered when a urinalysis sample he provided tested positive for cocaine. A follow-up inspection was also conducted and Airman Mull's urinalysis sample tested positive for cocaine a second time. The panel members found him guilty of both violations.

Capt. Scott Taylor, on the government trial counsel, presented the evidence to the panel members, while Capt.Thomas Alford and Capt. Matthew Bush defended Airman Mull. Lt. Col. Martin Mitchell was the military judge who presided over the court proceedings.

Court-martial proceedings take place in the courtroom at the Vandenberg AFB legal office in Building 10577.