South African gets 3.5 years for Kandahar stabbing

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Posted: Jul 08, 2011 2:10 PM
South African gets 3.5 years for Kandahar stabbing

An Army contractor from South Africa has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for stabbing a British man last year at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

Sean Brehm of Cape Town pleaded guilty in April to stabbing John Osborn, who also worked for a U.S. contractor. Their dispute stemmed from an affair between Brehm and Osborn's wife. Prosecutors say Osborn likely would have died if a medic hadn't been on the scene.

Brehm appears to be the first foreign national contractor convicted under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, which gives U.S. courts jurisdiction over certain crimes committed outside the United States. Brehm was employed by Falls Church, Va.-based DynCorp.

The sentence imposed Friday in federal court was in line with what prosecutors requested. The defense had asked for 18 months.