Marine Sentenced To 8 Years In Brig

A Camp Lejeune marine will spend the next several years in the brig after the death of another marine.

Cpl. Mathew Nelson pleases guilty to involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment Thursday, according to the Jacksonville Daily News. The paper says Nelson admitted to shooting LCpl. Patrick Malone March 9Th while deployed to Iraq. Nelson said he pointed a gun at Malone's head as part of the "trust me game," but he says he never meant to pull the trigger.

The daily news says Nelson was sentenced to 8 years in the brig.


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  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Sep 12, 2009 at 06:32 PM
    A game based on trust? It seems to me a third party should have unloaded the gun first, unbeknownst to the others. The trust given is no less real if one does not know the gun is unloaded. A civilian should never trust an unloaded gun, but a soldier should know how to properly and completely unload one. Not to mention use of the safety. Don't military firearms feature a safety as well, or are those only civilian guns?
  • by Angle Beckie Bailey Location: Havelock nc on Sep 11, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    wow its a shame we are at war then thing like this happen we need to love one another and see signs of mental illness .anyone in the miltary should be check out 2 time a year buy a real doctor . long live the l word
  • by Jerry Location: Baghdad on Sep 11, 2009 at 04:56 AM
    WOW, I am currently serving in IRAQ in the ARMY. There are some stupid people in the ARMY. But, none of us play by pointing our weapon at our buddies HEAD. I wonder if he was a hollywood MARINE from CA. Surely he wasn't from the Island in SC.
  • by WHY Location: Somewhere in NC on Sep 11, 2009 at 03:03 AM
    WHAT! they are in IRAQ fighting in the war and he is was playing with a gun and pull the trigger. He only got 8 years...Playing with a gun(criminal charges),dying over supidity (PRICELESS)!
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