Soldier accused of beating whistleblower in Afghan killings faces trial

Army prosecutors are two-for-two so far in their attempts to win full courts-martial for a dozen Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers accused of crimes in Afghanistan.

The Army announced Monday that Staff Sgt. David D. Bram will go to trial on allegations that he participated in roughing up a junior soldier who had notified authorities about drug use in their Stryker platoon.

Bram faces charges that he conspired to commit assault and battery, unlawfully struck another soldier, violated a lawful general order, was derelict in his duty and tried to impede an investigation.

Bram is not among the five soldiers from the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division accused of murdering Afghan civilians.

If convicted, the 27-year-old from Vacaville, Calif., faces a maximum punishment of 91/2 years in prison. No trial date has been scheduled.

The whistleblower in the case, Pfc. Justin Stoner, told Army investigators in May that Bram initiated the group assault by pinning him against a wall by his neck, according to documents obtained by The News Tribune.

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