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Four Marines arrested in 29 Palms for suspicion of negligent firearm discharge at local bar


29 Palms front gateFour Marines stationed aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms were arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of “negligent discharge of firearm likely to cause injury/death” at the Break-N-Run bar in Twentynine Palms, according to The Desert Sun.

Reports indicate that a fight broke out at approximately 1:30am between several individuals at the bar. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident, after learning that one of the suspects held a handgun out the window of the vehicle fired four or five shots into the air as they left the scene.

Several witnesses were in the parking lot including patrons and employees of the Break-N-Run.

The vehicle matching the description of the feeling silver Nissan was last seen turning into a Denny’s restaurant. The car was stopped and the four men were apprehended and detained for questioning.

The search of the vehicle yielded two semiautomatic handguns as well as additional evidence at the scene, the agency reported. The four men, Marines, were arrested:

  • Michael Jolly II, 25, was arrested on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm (passenger)
  • Richard Harris, 26, was arrested on suspicion of being accessories to a felony (driver)
  • Corderous Mahone, 26, and Craig Chapman, 24, were arrested on suspicion of being accessories to a felony.

The four Marines were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail; all were held on a $25,000 bail except Jolly who was arrested on suspicion of negligent discharge, who was held on $50,000 bail.


Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact Deputy Jared Dominick or Sgt. Steve Wilson at the Morongo Basin Station, (760) 366-4175. Refer to case no. 201601679

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