A Marine Corps drill teacher who was charged with harbading and badaulting dozens of younger recruits — directing explicit rage at Muslim enlistees — has been convicted by an eight-member army jury. He faces years of confinement and a dishonorable discharge.
The jury of 5 sergeants and three officers at Camp Lejuene, N.C., heard proof that Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix, a 34-year-old Iraq veteran and embellished Marine, punched, kicked and choked recruits in his cost.
Sentencing for Felix, who pleaded not responsible however didn’t testify in his protection, is scheduled for Friday.
The Associated Press writes: “Felix was accused in more than three dozen criminal counts of being a central figure in an abusive group of drill instructors at Parris Island that came to light after the March 2016 suicide of one of the three Muslim-American recruits Felix targeted.”
The prosecution mentioned that Felix — generally drunk when he carried out the abuse — routinely known as Muslim recruits “terrorist” and on two events positioned them into an industrial dryer as a part of a hazing ritual. “Hey, ISIS, get in the dryer,” Felix advised one of many recruits, in response to prosecutors.
Military.com stories that Felix compelled one Muslim recruit “to conduct a mock beheading of a platoon mate while shouting, ‘Allahu Akbar.'”
Raheel Siddiqui, a Pakistani-American recruit abused by Felix, leapt to his dying from the third ground of a Parris Island squad bay after one significantly brutal episode, in response to army investigators.
Among different costs, Felix is alleged to have compelled recruits to choke one another [and] ordered them to drink chocolate milk till they vomited.”
“You will study the accused is drunk on energy,” prosecutor Capt. Corey Weilert advised jury on the North Carolina Marine Corps base.
As NPR’s Camila Domonoske reported final 12 months: “After a Marine Corps report discovered a sample of abuse on the Parris Island coaching facility in South Carolina, 20 officers and enlisted leaders [faced] punishment, together with potential prison costs or court-martial.”
An investigation into the allegations of abuse by Felix led to costs towards the coaching battalion’s commanding officer and 5 different drill instructors for comparable however much less extreme abusive practices. Eleven others confronted administrative self-discipline, the AP says.