Army appeals court upholds soldier’s conviction

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) – An Army appeals court has upheld the 30-year sentence of a Fort Campbell soldier who pleaded guilty to breaking his infant son’s right and left wrists and legs.

The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals found that Spc. Jonathan M. Johnson’s attorney was not deficient during court martial proceedings. The court issued the ruling Oct. 24.

Prosecutors say on Sept. 7, 2011, Johnson grabbed a six-week old by the legs and shoot and pushed hard enough to break the child’s bones.

Johnson’s sentence also included a reduction to private and a dishonorable discharge from the military.

A military court previously reduced Johnson’s sentence from 38 years to three decades.