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A former Marine Corps drill instructor who was accused of assaulting recruits received his sentence Friday from a military jury.
Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix was given 10 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge for rough treatment of recruits at Parris Island, South Carolina, that included ordering a Muslim recruit into an industrial dryer and turning it on, according to Military.com.
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The 34-year-old Iraq War veteran also allegedly ordered other recruits to drink chocolate milk until they vomited, and punched, kicked and slapped others. He was even accused of playing a role in the suicide of one of the recruits under his command.
The eight-member military jury came to the decision on Nov. 10 after reviewing the evidence, convicting him of eight counts of failure to obey a lawful general order and three counts of maltreatment.
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Prosecutor Col. Jeffrey Groharing said there was no way to justify singling out a Muslim recruit for such abuse.
Ameer Bourmeche, the man ordered into the dryer, testified that he still has nightmares about being tossed around inside the dryer, Military.com reported.
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“Think of what that recruit went through at the hands of the accused for no reason other than he was a Muslim,” Groharing said. “There’s no training value in that — that’s a hate crime.”
Another prosecutor, Lt. Col. John Norman, said Felix’s behavior was more about “breaking Marines” than “making Marines,” accoridng to The New York Times.
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According to Military.com, dozens of witnesses testified during Felix’s 10-day trial, with recruits telling the jury how he choked, punched and slapped those who failed to perform to his standards and, on several occasions, made recruits choke each other.
One incident involved a Pakistani-American Muslim recruit who jumped to his death from the third floor...
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