Ma­rine of­fi­cer charged in killings must re­tire

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

SAN DIEGO — Lt. Col. Jef­frey Ches­sani, the high­es­trank­ing of the eight Camp Pendle­ton Marines charged in the 2005 killings of 24 civil­ians in Ha­ditha, Iraq, has been forced into re­tire­ment, his lawyers said. Ches­sani’s last day on ac­tive duty was Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to the Ann Ar­bor, Mich.-based Thomas More Law Cen­ter. In June, the sec­re­tary of the Navy up­held a rul­ing by a Board of In­quiry at Camp Pendle­ton that found Ches­sani had shown “sub­stan­dard’ per­for­mance and should be re­quired to re­tire.

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