Hamdania Update: Cpl Magincalda Acquitted of Murder and Kidnapping, Convicted of Conspiracy

The panel of members in the court-martial of Cpl Marshall L. Magincalda, USMC, returned a guilty verdict for the charges of larceny, housebreaking and conspiracy to commit the following: murder, kidnapping, larceny,obstruction of justice, false official statement and housebreaking. He was found not guilty of murder, kidnapping, and making a false official statement. Sentencing is scheduled to begin on 2 August 2007.

The members failed to reach a verdict in the case of Sgt Lawrence G. Hutchins III, USMC, and will continue deliberation tomorrow, 2 August 2007. Sgt Hutchins is charged with murder, and other charges, stemming from his involvement in the death of an Iraqi civilian on 26 April 2006.

Cpl Thomas, also involved in the death of the Iraqi civilian, was sentenced to time served, reduction to the rank of private (E-1), and a bad-conduct discharge, on 20 July 2007. Cpl Thomas was found guilty of kidnapping and conspiracy to commit larceny, housebreaking, kidnapping, false official statements, and murder for his involvement in the death of an Iraqi civilian on April 26, 2006, near Hamdania, Iraq.

The investigation into the death in Hamdinia, Iraq began in May 2006.

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