Marine Gets 30 Days in Hazing Death

Jacob Jacoby admitted to punching, kicking fellow Marine Harry Lew
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2012 9:25 AM CST
Lance Cpl. Jacob D. Jacoby is seen entering the courtroom of the Legal Services Center at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.   (AP Photo/Kent Nishimura)

(Newser) – Lance Cpl. Jacob Jacoby admitted to punching and kicking fellow Marine Harry Lew before Lew committed suicide, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Jacoby, who pleaded guilty to assault, will also see his rank reduced to private first class. Prosecutors withdrew additional charges that Jacoby threatened and humiliated Lew, and the judge in Jacoby's court-martial says she saw no evidence that Jacoby's actions caused Lew's suicide. Two others who are accused in the hazing case also face court-martials, the AP reports. (Read more US military stories.)

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