Marine Gets 30 Days, Rank Reduction for Assault

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A United States Marine accused of hazing a fellow Marine who later committed suicide in Afghanistan has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and a reduction in rank.

Navy Capt. Carrie Stephens sentenced Lance Cpl. Jacob Jacoby on Monday at the Marine base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, after Jacoby pleaded guilty to assault. Jacoby admitted punching and kicking Lance Cpl. Harry Lew in the hours before Lew killed himself at their patrol base in Helmand Province in Afghanistan on April 3.

Jacoby's rank will be reduced by one grade to private first class.

The prosecution had asked for Jacoby to be discharged from the Marine Corps, and for his rank to be reduced by two grades to private.

Two other Marines have also been accused of hazing Lew and face courts-martial.

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