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Air Force instructor cries during sentencing

Air Force instructor convicted of sexually assaulting trainees asks jury not to give him life By The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) An Air Force instructor convicted of raping a female recruit and sexually assaulting several others is asking a military jury not to give him a life sentence.

Staff Sgt. Luis Walker cried Saturday as he spoke during his sentencing hearing. Walker says he has two sons and for their sake, he would like a future with them.

The same military jury convicted Walker on Friday on 28 counts, including rape, aggravated sexual contact and multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault. A judge consolidated the charges Saturday into 20, but that didn't affect Walker's maximum sentence.

Walker is among 12 Lackland Air Force Base instructors investigated for sexual misconduct with at least 31 female trainees.

He says he'll accept any sentence "humbly and with the commitment to move forward positively."

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