Thursday, November 16, 2006

"Pendleton 8" Marine Sentenced After Guilty Plea

One of the "Pendleton 8" pleaded guilty to lesser charges of to charges of assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice and was sentenced to 18 months in custody. PFC John J. Jodka III is one of the seven Marines and a Navy corpsman accused of conspiracy, kidnapping, and murder of Hashim Ibrahim Awad, a 52-year old Iraqi from Hamdaniya. As a part of the plea deal Jodka will be required to testify.

Jodka apologized to Awad's family and his own family. He also apologized for failing to uphold the highest ideals of the Marine Corps.

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