During the hearing, Airman Calvin Cooper chose to defer any pleas and motions until a later date.
Kirtland Air Force Base
A jet fuel leak was first discovered at Kirtland Air Force Base in 1999, according to the lawsuit.
A Kirtland Air Force Base spokesperson said the date of the court-martial is pending.
Airman 1st Class Calvin Cooper is charged with reckless operation of a vehicle and involuntary manslaughter.
The base released the results of its economic impact study, which reported a $7.4 billion impact overall.
During a two-hour sentencing hearing, the former priest kept his head down as other victims spoke about their suffering.
Researchers would not only be addressing threats from other countries, but "threats from the space environment itself."
A probe into Cartier's conduct, spurred by a number of complaints over "toxic leadership," began after she left Kirtland.
The leak was discovered in 1999 after jet fuel was found on the surface near a base fueling facility.
The jury reached the verdict against 81-year-old Arthur Perrault following a trial in Santa Fe.