Marine pleads guilty to assault in shooting of Iraqi civilian




 
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October 26th, 2006  
Team Infidel
 
 

Topic: Marine pleads guilty to assault in shooting of Iraqi civilian


Media: The Associated Press
Byline: By THOMAS WATKINS
Date: 26 October 2006


CAMP PENDLETON, California_A Marine pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of
assault and obstruction of justice in the death of an Iraqi civilian last
April.

Pfc. John J. Jodka III, 20, entered the pleas at his court-martial through
his lawyer Joseph Casas after saying he understood his rights in the case.

He was one of seven Marines and a Navy corpsman initially charged with
murder, kidnapping, conspiracy, assault and housebreaking in the killing of
52-year-old Hashim Ibrahim Awad in the Iraqi town of Hamdania.

Jodka _ the squad's youngest and lowest-ranked member _ was one of five
Marines who shot at Awad, while others stood by then helped cover up the
killing, the government charge sheets allege.
 


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