Marine Admits To Killing Fellow Marine On Base

A Camp Lejeune Marine admits he killed a fellow Marine on base last year.

Private Jonathan Law changed his plea this morning to guilty. The 22-year-old Law, who is from Clark County, Nevada, was charged with the November 6th, 2009 murder of Corporal Joshua Hartzell.

Hartzell's body was found in the woods across from his barracks and the base says he died from blunt force trauma to the head. Law was found with what appeared to be self-inflicted wounds.

Marines say the next step will be sentencing which is scheduled for January 19th. In the meantime Law remains in the brig.

The maximum punishment Law faces is life in prison without parole, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and a dishonorable discharge.


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  • by my2cents Location: NV on Dec 30, 2010 at 09:51 PM
    For both family's have had so much pain from this lets not forget to forgive and fix the problems that caused it. We are all human and have many problems in many different ways. No one can change what has been done but can prevent it from happening again and that's not by locking them up in jail. For all serving the military should never live in fear and nor should they ever go unhealthy (mentally or physically). Go ask for yourself! A soldier back from Irac how he/she is doing mentally...see what answer you get and if you feel its ok for the military to release these kids out "starting where they left off" ...please, use ur brains and get these soldiers help so they stop hurting others or them selves! Not saying all are mentally unstable but I have seen some cases that are hiding it or just not comfortable to talk about it. I just don't want it to be too late for them as in this case. Show them they can get help even if they feel its too late. Even show Law he can still get help!
  • by lost in words Location: ca on Dec 23, 2010 at 01:26 PM
    Both marines were outstanding men ! Law was trying to get help from his superiors but they just ignored him. The military needs to be responsible for the acts that they create ! He needs help not life in prison !
  • by tyqawanna Location: whortin station rd. on Dec 16, 2010 at 07:39 AM
    why kill sombody that is triying to help you out with want you need but instead you want to kill that person and then hide the body in the woods so they will not find it but they did and that is why you is locked up now.
  • by Top_Gun Location: Ohio on Dec 16, 2010 at 02:50 AM
    Major Dad, did you not read the same article? This poor excuse for a man copped a plea deal to escape the death penalty. Private Law is no man. Just a coward.
  • by anon Location: ohio on Dec 15, 2010 at 05:29 PM
    Do not under any circumstances pity Law. He not only killed Cpl Hartzell, but pieces of every person than Josh influenced. Josh was a respectful, caring, and amazing man with so much to offer the world and was brutally, cold-heartedly murdered by a man with no sense of remorse or regret. Jonathon Law does not deserve the air he breathes or any human rights. He has no excuse or reason for what he did. He's not a person, he's a monster and will do it again if he's released.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Dec 14, 2010 at 11:31 PM
    "just asking", WHY are you asking?!? Nobody is supposed to ask and they aren't supposed to tell. BTW, nobody asked and they didn't tell, at least not till somebody got hurt.
  • by just asking on Dec 14, 2010 at 06:52 PM
    Don't remember the story; why did he do it???
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Dec 14, 2010 at 06:38 PM
    Classic example of why "Don't ask, don't tell" should be maintained as the MINIMUM standard in the military. A swing of the pendulum back in the other direction would reduce these situations significantly.
  • by Mike Location: Jax on Dec 14, 2010 at 04:59 PM
    TO WITN; Whos picture is this, I wonder if it is Laws, why is he smirking. Clerify please.
  • by Lisa Location: PA on Dec 14, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    I feel sad for both these families. The victim did not deserve to die a horrible death at the hands of a fellow marine. The substance abuse caused Law to do the unspeakable. Did Law also have undiagnosed/untreated PTSD? Were signs left unnoticed by superiors? I feel for his family to. May God be with both these families. Law has a lot of time to think about his actions. I pray he turns to Jesus!
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