Arkansas man convicted of trying to kill US airman in Japan


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An Arkansas man accused of stomping on the head of a U.S. airman on a military base in Japan has been convicted by a federal jury of attempted manslaughter.

Justice Department and Air Force officials said Thursday 44-year-old Rodrigo Pineda Gomez was also convicted of assault, resisting a federal officer and making a false statement to law enforcement.

Officials say Gomez, formerly of Jacksonville, and his 21-year-old son Miguel Gomez assaulted three airmen on Misawa Air Base in 2016. Officials say Rodrigo Gomez attempted to kill one of the airmen by trying to snap his neck and stomping on his head.

Authorities also accused him of lying about who threw the first punch.

Miguel Gomez pleaded guilty last week to one count of assault.

A sentencing date hasn’t been set.

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