A former airman has been sentenced to 22 years in prison in the gang-related beating death of an Army sergeant in Germany in 2005, The Associated Press reported.
Rico Williams, 34, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington. He was convicted in November 2010 of second-degree murder in the death of Sgt. Juwan Johnson, 25.
Johnson was struck over 200 times by nine people during his July 3, 2005, initiation into the Gangster Disciples, according to trial testimony. He was found dead in his bed several hours later.
Williams, a former airman and head bouncer at Black Sounds nightclub in Landstuhl, was the self-proclaimed “governor” of the Gangster Disciples in Kaiserslautern. He began the "jumping-in" beating by punching Johnson in the face and repeatedly kicked him in the chest as he lay on the ground gasping for air, a witness testified.
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