A US Marine in California will spend a year behind bars after he rolled a 7-ton truck, killing one and injuring eighteen.
Cpl. Bin Guo pled guilty late last month to negligent homicide and reckless driving causing serious injury resulting in a four-and-a-half year prison sentence, though he will be spending only one year in Camp Pendleton’s brig.
The way that it normally works is the judge doesn’t know what the pretrial agreement is,” military defense attorney, Maj. Nelson Candelario explained. “So, the Marine could get better than the pretrial agreement. If the judge sentenced him to less than a year, for instance, then the Marine would serve the lesser of the two.”
Thanks to his plea agreement, he will also not receive a punitive discharge, and will likely be pushed out of the Corps with a general discharge.
Guo killed Corporal Bryan Lauw and injured eighteen others after failing to slow down, resulting in the truck rolling over during a turn.
According to the Marine Corps Times, Marines in the truck were with the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and were returning from the rifle range from their annual rifle qualification.
Guo had initially been let off the hook due to the inability of police to determine if the truck’s brakes were working prior to the accident. However, the then-commander of the 1st Marine Division overruled the decision.
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