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Pomona soldier faces court-martial for assault

July 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The U.S. Army has begun court-martial proceedings against a Southern California man.

Sgt. Darren Jones of Pomona is accused of joining others in his unit in beating up a soldier who told authorities about drug use.

Jones is one of seven 5th Stryker Brigade soldiers accused of crimes while deployed in Afghanistan, including killing civilians.

The court-martial is taking place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Seattle. Jones is charged with assault and impeding an investigation.