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US soldier Charles Jenkins pleads guilty to desertion, receives dishonorable discharge

[JURIST] US soldier Charles Robert Jenkins, accused of defecting to North Korea when he disappeared while serving on the border in 1965, pleaded guilty to desertion during a court-martial Wednesday, and he was sentenced to 30 days in prison and dishonorable discharge. At the proceeding, Jenkins said he fled from his unit due to fear and that he taught English to North Korean soldiers, although he denied ever advocating the overthrow of the US. The proceeding brought to a close years of speculation about what really happened to Jenkins. He turned himself in to authorities in September after leaving North Korea to rejoin his wife and two daughters in Japan. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the court-martial. The Far Eastern Economic Review has more on Jenkins' time in North Korea. AP has more.

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