Three Camp Lejeune Marines escaped criminal charges, but received administrative punishments for their roles in urinating on Taliban corpses.
The Marine Corps announced that the three, all members of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, received non-judicial punishment for their roles in urinating on Taliban corpses in Afghanistan as well as for videotaping the incident.
In a statement, the Marine Corps said they received the punishment for "violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for their role in the desecration and filming of deceased Taliban that became public in January 2012."
As part of a plea deal, all three Marines pleaded guilty and will receive a permanent mark on their records that will impact any future promotions and re-enlistments.
One non-commissioned officer pleaded guilty to a general order by wrongfully posing for an unofficial photograph with human casualties and urinating on the body of a deceased Taliban soldier, which conduct was prejudicial to good order and discipline.
Another non-commissioned officer pleaded guilty to wrongfully posing for an unofficial photograph with human casualties and wrongfully video recording the incident.
A staff non-commissioned officer pleaded guilty to failing to report the mistreatment of human casualties by other Marines and making a false official statement to a Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigator about the his knowledge of the video.
At least two more Marines are awaiting disciplinary action for their roles in setting a command climate that led to the urinating incident.
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