SrA Anjelika Faul Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison


Senior Airman Anjelika Faul will spend the next 30 months in a military prison for last summer's drunk driving death of a Sheppard Air Force Base employee.

Mechell Dixon has been covering her court martial on the base and has more on the verdict.

It took the presiding judge about an hour to determine the fate of 22 year old Anjelika Faul.

On June 16th 2012, Faul was arrested for intoxication manslaughter.

That night she says she was driving drunk on Interstate 44 and caused fatal injuries to 53 year old motorcycle rider Michael Brown.

Faul plead guilty when her court martial case began yesterday and the "sentencing phase" of her case started.

Yesterday, prosecutors called witnesses and today it was the defense's turn.

Three family members and two other witnesses spoke on Faul's behalf saying drunk driving was totally out of character for her.

But prosecutors painted a different picture of Faul.

They said her childhood was spent with a mother who had a drinking and drug problem and Faul actually started drinking at the age of 16.

Prosecutors also brought up the fact that 9 months after Faul's June 2012 arrest she was arrested again for drinking and fighting at the Wichita Falls nightclub  Texas Showgirls.

Then, Faul made a tearful statement in court explaining what led to her arrest at the nightclub, as well as what happened the next day.

Faul says in March of this year, she viewed Brown's autopsy photos during her Article 32 hearing on base, which is similar to a grand jury in civilian courts.

She says friends decided she needed a night out to lift her spirits and took her to Texas Showgirls where she got drunk, fought with a dancer and got arrested.

Faul says after posting bail, she simply could not cope and tried to commit suicide and spent a few weeks in a psychiatric treatment facility.

Faul told the court she is still coping with her actions and that she thinks of Brown each time she gets in a vehicle or sees a motorcycle.

She also said she's learned from her mistakes and bad choices.

Faul was sentenced to an immediate reduction in rank to Airman Basic, an automatic forfeiture of her pay and allowances, 2.5 years in prison and a bad conduct discharge when she gets out of the military.

Faul had signed a pre-trial agreement to plead guilty in return for a lesser sentence of no more than five years in prison.

And the judge gave her half that amount.

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