Prison sentence pared in Air Force harassment case

A former Ohio-based Air Force official convicted of mistreatment after sending racy text messages and photos to female subordinates is getting his 20-month prison sentence cut to four months.

A spokesman at Illinois' Scott Air Force Base said Thursday that a commander decided to trim the sentence that military jurors gave William Gurney in January, meaning he could be released next month.

Lt. Gen. Robert Allardice also amended Gurney's dishonorable discharge, making the 27-year Air Force veteran eligible for some benefits.

Gurney was convicted for making inappropriate sexual advances toward lower-ranking colleagues while he was the top-ranking enlisted man at Air Force Materiel Command in Ohio. He also pleaded guilty to 13 counts including adultery and sexual misconduct.

One of his accusers says she's angered by the commander's decision.