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Iraqi killing cases at a glance

(AP) – A look at the resolution of charges filed against Marines after the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians, including women and children, in Haditha in 2005, and in other cases in Hamdania and Fallujah.


_Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich of Meriden, Conn. Squad leader, Pleaded guilty Monday to dereliction of duty in a deal that will mean a maximum of three months confinement. Initially charged with unpremeditated murder and other offenses.

_Sgt. Sanick P. Dela Cruz of Chicago. Rifleman. Charge of unpremeditated murder was dismissed after he was given immunity to testify.

_Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt of Canonsburg, Pa. Rifleman. Charge of unpremeditated murder was dismissed.

_Lance Cpl. Stephen B. Tatum of Edmond, Okla. Rifleman. Charges including unpremeditated murder were dropped.

_Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani of Rangely, Colo. Battalion commander. Charges of failing to obey regulations, encompassing counts of failing to report and investigate alleged war crimes, were dismissed after a judge found unlawful command influence occurred while a general was considering a court-martial.

_1st Lt. Andrew A. Grayson of Springboro, Ohio. Intelligence officer. Acquitted of making false official statements, trying to fraudulently separate from service and attempt to deceive by making false statements.

_Capt. Randy W. Stone of Dunkirk, Md. Military attorney. Charges of failure to obey orders or regulations, encompassing counts of failing to ensure that a thorough investigation was conducted and reported to headquarters, were dismissed.

_Capt. Lucas M. McConnell of Napa, Calif. Company commander. Charges of failure to obey orders, encompassing two counts of failing to ensure that alleged violations of laws of war were investigated, were dropped.


Seven Marines and a Navy corpsman from the Camp Pendleton-based 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment were accused of kidnapping and murdering a man in Hamdania, Iraq, in April 2006.

_Sgt. Lawrence G Hutchins III of Plymouth, Mass., convicted of murder and other offenses, sentenced to 11 years in prison.

_Navy corpsman Petty Officer 3rd Class Melson J. Bacos of Franklin, Wis., pleaded guilty to kidnapping, conspiracy to kidnap and making false official statements.

_Marine Lance Cpl. John J. Jodka III of Encinitas, Calif., pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

_Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler A. Jackson of Tracy, Calif., pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

_Marine Lance Cpl. Jerry E. Shumate Jr. of Matlock, Wash., pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

_Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington of Mukilteo, Wash., pleaded guilty to kidnapping and conspiracy.

_Cpl. Marshall L. Magincalda of Manteca, Calif., convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, larceny and housebreaking.

_Cpl. Trent D. Thomas of Madison, Ill., convicted of kidnapping and conspiracy to commit murder.


Three Marines from the Camp Pendleton-based Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division were charged in connection with killing an unarmed Iraqi detainee in November 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq.

_Sgt. Ryan Weemer of Hindsboro, Ill., was acquitted of murder and dereliction of duty.

_Sgt. Jermaine Nelson of New York, pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty after the government dropped a murder charge.

_Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario was acquitted in federal court in Riverside, Calif., on counts that included voluntary manslaughter. The squad leader was beyond the reach of a court-martial because he had completed his military obligations.

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