Marine sen­tenced to 10 years for abus­ing re­cruits

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - NATION -

A Marine Corps drill in­struc­tor has been sen­tenced to 10 years be­hind bars af­ter be­ing con­victed of tor­ment­ing and abus­ing young re­cruits, es­pe­cially Mus­lim-Amer­i­cans, in­clud­ing one who later killed him­self.

A mil­i­tary jury also or­dered Gun­nery Sgt. Joseph Felix, a 34-year-old Iraq vet­eran, to for­feit all pay, be de­moted to pri­vate and given a dis­hon­or­able dis­charge.

Fri­day’s sen­tenc­ing at Camp Le­je­une, North Carolina, came af­ter Felix begged for for­give­ness be­fore the eight-mem­ber jury, which a day ear­lier con­victed him of abus­ing more than a dozen trainees at the Marine boot camp at Parris Is­land, South Carolina.

Felix was con­victed of dozens of crim­i­nal vi­o­la­tions as the jury on Thurs­day found he taunted three Mus­lim re­cruits as “ter­ror­ists” or “ISIS” and or­dered two of them to climb into an in­dus­trial clothes dryer, spin­ning one of them around in the scorch­ing ma­chine un­til he re­nounced his faith.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

U.S. Marine Gun­nery Sgt. Joseph A. Felix, with his wife and his lawyers Oct. 31 at Camp Le­je­une, N.C., was con­victed Fri­day of tor­ment­ing re­cruits.

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