Thursday, November 16, 2006
Another Camp Pendleton Marine testified under oath about the killing of an Iraqi man last spring. Lance Corporal Tyler Jackson is expected to be sentenced later today as part of his plea agreement. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.
Jackson apologized for taking part in the killing of Hashim Ibraheim Awad. Prosecutors say the 52-year-old grandfather was snatched from his home by a marine squad and shot beside a road in the town of Hamdania. Jackson says the squad then worked to cover up the crime. The lance corporal says he wishes he could change what happened, but he can’t. He told the military judge he was in the courtroom to take responsibility for his actions.
Jackson was initially charged with murder, kidnapping, and other serious charges. However, the marine joined three other members of his squad in exchanging testimony for convictions on lesser charges that carry lighter penalties.
Both of Jackson’s parents took the stand to testify on their son’s behalf. Erik Anderson KPBS News