Justice For Death Of Raheel Siddiqui, Muslim Military Recruit, Marine Drill Instructor Gets 10-Year Prison Sentence

Raheel Siddiqui, 20, died at the Marine recruit depot at Parris Island, S.C., while in initial training.

A military jury today sentenced a former Marine drill instructor to 10 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge from the service for subjecting Muslim recruits to verbal and physical abuse, including one young man who committed suicide after an especially troubling encounter.

The eight-member jury issued its sentence a day after it found Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix guilty of maltreatment for terrorizing three Muslim men at the Marines’ boot camp in Parris Island, S.C. Felix also will have his rank reduced to private.

Prosecutors had asked for a seven-year prison term. Felix faced a maximum possible sentence of more than 21 years. I am glad the jury exercised its wisdom and increased the prison sentence as this was a bigoted and xenophobic series of abuses.

Felix will be held at Camp Lejeune’s brig until his expected transfer to a larger prison.  I hope he gets a large angry white man for a ‘bunk buddy’.

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