Skip to comments.Marine accused of killing detainee gets plea deal ( Fallujah Action in 2004)
Posted on 09/29/2009 2:22:25 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) - A military judge has dismissed a murder charge against a Marine accused of killing an unarmed detainee in Iraq.
The charge against Sgt. Jermaine Nelson was dismissed Tuesday at Camp Pendleton after he agreed to plead guilty to dereliction of duty.
His attorney Joseph Low says the plea agreement calls for no prison time and an honorable discharge.
The 28-year-old Nelson could have faced up to life in prison if convicted of murder.
Nelson was among three Marines accused of killing detainees in 2004 during house-to-house fighting to recapture Fallujah.
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Did the muj raghead need killin’??????????
THAT's IT???????????? BASED ON THAT THEY FILE MURDER CHARGES??????????? WHAT THE F**** F***???????????
When you are surrounded by the enemy you can’t take suicidal prisoners.
Sgt. Nelson Ping!
In other words the JAG weenies folded.
Haditha ring a bell?
This works for me. “Dereliction of duty” has become the equivalent of jaywalking in the military. It’s a slap-on charge in case the JAG scumbags need to beg for a morsel they can call a “victory”. It’s all about their future political careers as Democrat state reps and rat-appointed judges, don’t you know.
Ping, cuz I don’t know if you are on the ping list.
How could anyone refuse to “plead guilty” w/no jail time..no felony..and re-enlist if you like?
He did what he had to do.
This plea deal to me means the government had nothing on this guy and was willing to let it all go for some cheap conviction.
He had to go with this plea deal, too much at stake if he didn’t. I’m glad he’ll be able to reenlist if he chooses to do so.
Well... I thought that too. He is luck for the no prison thing.... no harm/no foul he can walk away from the Marines.
Then again he may be able to force through a re-enlistment package because they said he could re-enlist but, here is the catch, more than likely he'll receive an adverse fitrep. So, he is competing for prommotion in the largest MOS the Marine Corps has. He will have bad paperwork (strike one). Probably can't get a B Billet because he has bad paperwork (strike two). When matched against his peers he will never see SSGT. This is probably a career ender for him.
Not the best thing that could have happened but far from the worst.
He had three choices:
1. Escort the prisoner back to safe lines and have a high probability of getting yourself killed by the enemy.
2. Let the prisoner go free. Only 10 minutes prior this prisoner was trying to kill you and will try again if you set him free.
3. Kill him.
Those were his choices. I think he made the right choice.
Disgusting on the part of the prosecution. Prosecutors have an affirmative duty to present the truth of the matter before the court. Either they had nothing, which I suspect is the case, and IN WHICH CASE THEY WERE ETHICALLY BOUND TO DROP ALL CHARGES, or they had a real case which they did not have the integrity to prosecute.
Honorless vermin, in either scenario. Surely they will have a bright future on medical panels, with conscience free minds like this. Disgraceful. Dereliction of duty indeed.
In any event, applying domestic law enforcement standards and protocols in a combat environment is inane utopianism at best, and an intentional, treasonous attempt to undermine our troops’ safety and efficacy at worst.
I’d give the Sgt. a medal.
Wow. You can justify quite a bit with that sentiment.
It works for me too. There is no honor with the JAG here, or they would have just dropped all charges.
Nelson did what he had to do, and I respect him for it.