General Denies Clemency Of Marine Suffering From PTSD

The Marine Corps has denied clemency to a Camp Lejeune Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, despite pleas from his Navy doctor to release him because confinement aggravates his mental condition.

Pvt. Jonathan A. Phillips pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an Iraqi policeman in Saqlawiyah, Iraq, in 2007. Before the shooting, Phillips was sent for psychiatric evaluations three times, and his military doctors
say he suffers from PTSD.

Brig. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, assistant division commander for the 2nd Marine Division, denied clemency in June, ruling that Phillips was receiving quality mental health care in the brig.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by SSgt USMC Location: Afghanistan on Jun 30, 2009 at 02:56 PM
    I'm not taking anything away in the fact this Pvt may be suffering from PTSD. However, I have seen too many Marines use this as an excuse to get out of trouble or get away with something. If he is as troubled as he claims, then he may be more of a danger to innocent people if he is released from the brig. I'm 100% positive the General had a full review and study done for the Pvt's request with medical professionals. The Pvt is there for a reason and if he is claiming that he is "snapping" from his PTSD and killing people (the reason he is there) then the General is probably saving another person from becoming a victim by the Pvt's hands.
  • by CJ's Friend on Jun 30, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    to MSgt.,USMC(Ret), thank you for your service to our country. I will have to disagree with you on the brig being the equivalent of a civillian prison. back in the late 80's I was sentenced to 30 days in the brig for being caught drinking under the age limit. Right, I can carry a weapon and kill another human being but I could not, at the time, drink a beer. While spending this 30 days in the brig, there was no tv, computer or convience store. From sun up to sun down, we had two things we could choose to do. One was to shine and buff our boots. If you didn't want to do your boots then you could read the bible. That was it, no ifs and or buts!Maybe we need to make our jails and prisons more like the brig and it just might deter thugs from wanting to go back. I haven't been back, yet!
  • by MSgt., USMC (Ret) Location: Kinston on Jun 30, 2009 at 01:11 PM
    Give us a break, me2, and read the article. It states that the man is in the brig. If you don't know what that means, it's the equivalent of civilian prison.
  • by me2 Location: nc on Jun 30, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    If he's mental, then he needs to be released from the military.This guy could go off the deep end and hurt a lot of innocent people.
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