Air Force won’t ask for death

By the Associated Press

Military officials have decided not to seek the death penalty against a former Travis Air Force Base sergeant who fled to Thailand after his wife was killed 14 years ago.

Saner Wonggoun has been charged in the slaying of his pregnant wife, whose body was found wrapped in a sleeping bag in Marin County.

Sgt. Matthew McGovern, an Air Force spokesman, said Wonggoun would face a general court-martial alleging that he killed his wife without premeditation.

Wonggoun is set to be arraigned May 22 at the Air Force base near Fairfield, east of San Francisco. McGovern said Friday that a commander from Scott Air Force Base in Illinois will come to Travis to preside over the court martial.


Wonggoun, now 60, was returned to California in February. He left his two children and fled to his native country after his wife was killed in 1994.