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According to local media, a U.S. soldier detained in Russia has admitted guilt to some extent.

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According to Russian media sources on Monday, U.S. Army service man Gordon Black, who has been held in Russia since early May, entered a partial guilty plea to theft accusations during the second hearing of his ongoing trial in the Primorsky Court.

Black, 35, acknowledged stealing but refuted accusations of violence and uttering death threats, according to Russian media in the area.

According to an official statement from the U.S. Army, Black was arrested in May on suspicion of criminal misbehavior in Vladivostok, Primorsky region, which borders China and North Korea. Black was in Russia visiting his girlfriend when the accusations stemmed from a quarrel. According to TASS, a Russian news agency, Black’s girlfriend reported missing cash to the police after he left. Black was later taken into custody by the police at a nearby motel.

Black stated in court on Monday that he was invited to Russia by Aleksandra Vaschuk and had no intention of robbing her of 10,000 rubles. He said that the morning following the event, he had wired the money back through an acquaintance with the intention of returning it before departing.

Black is a staff sergeant stationed in South Korea. In May, two U.S. sources told ABC News that Black had taken a brief leave of absence and went to Russia without authorization. A Russian official told ABC News that Black has acknowledged the theft accusation and is assisting with the probe.

The following court date for Black’s trial is Wednesday, June 19, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

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