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10-24-06, 12:06 PM #1
Woman tells Sailor boyfriend a Marine raped her, sailor kills Marine...it was a lie
NORFOLK, Va. - A sailor pleaded guilty Monday to abducting and killing a Marine corporal he thought had been involved in a gang rape. The rape turned out to be a lie, but the truth surfaced too late.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Cooper Jackson, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to premeditated murder, kidnapping, impersonating a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent and obstruction of justice in connection with the death of Cpl. Justin L. Huff, 23.
In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to spare him a possible death sentence.
Federal agents had testified at his Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a grand jury investigation, that Jackson had been fooled into falling in love with a woman who called herself Samantha and made up a story about being raped by servicemen.
"Samantha" turned out to be Ashley Elrod, a 22-year-old hotel clerk on North Carolina's Outer Banks, who testified that she lied about being raped. She said she "might have" told Jackson that one of the Marines was named Huff or Huffman, and she said Jackson called her after Huff was killed. Elrod has not been charged.
During his court-martial, Jackson told the Navy judge how he posed as an NCIS agent and took Huff to North Carolina to get information about the purported rape. He said he then slit Huff's throat and buried the body to avoid being caught.
"I'd broken several laws and I had a missing Marine with me," Jackson said at his hearing Monday. "Quite frankly, I was scared of the consequences of what would happen, of being caught, more so than I was of the consequences of taking his life."
If the judge accepts the plea, Jackson could be sentenced to life in prison with or without the possibility of parole, said his lawyer, Don Marcari. The sentencing phase was to begin Tuesday.
Huff, 23, of Indianapolis, was reported missing Jan. 2 after he didn't show up for class at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in Virginia Beach, where Jackson also was a student.
Agents said Jackson, of Boones Mill, confessed when they questioned him Jan. 12. The next day, he led agents to Huff's body in a wooded area in Currituck County, N.C., just south of the Virginia-North Carolina border.
10-24-06, 12:17 PM #2
That's horrible. Why would she lie about it in the first place? It doesn't make any sense to me at all. And she gets off free even though she started the whole thing in the first place...just goes to show that lying can hurt more than your reputation.Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
10-24-06, 12:23 PM #3
It sucks that she lied, but she didn't file a police report, so she didn't break any laws. I suppose Malicious Mischief?
I personally don't think the judge should accept the plea - he impersonated a "police officer" to lure the victim - doesn't that constitute kidnapping? He should still get the death penalty.
I hope they make sure all his cell mates are Marines.Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.
Do not puff, shade, skew, tailor, firm up, stretch, massage,
or otherwise distort statements of fact.FBI Special Agent Coleen Rowley
10-24-06, 12:26 PM #4
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10-26-06, 08:17 PM #6Julia Guest
i hate it when people lie, exactly; what did she expect would happen.
10-26-06, 09:31 PM #7
This is why our justice system is set up the way it is. Let the guy stand trial if he did rape the Marine's gf. Then when the guy gets off on a technicality, then the Marine goes rogue and kills him. That's the American way.The virtue of spirit has no need for thanks or approval. Only the certain conviction that what has been done is right. -Jor El, as played by Marlon Brando
10-27-06, 12:54 AM #8
Terrible story. Women can be nothing but trouble sometimes!Calm Like A Bomb...
“A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”
10-27-06, 02:39 AM #9
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