Rogers and Sauer on Marine Court-Martial

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Copyright 2006 The  San Diego Union-Tribune   The  San Diego Union-Tribune October  7, 2006 Saturday SECTION:  NEWS; Pg. A-1 LENGTH:  1203 words HEADLINE:  Plot detailed at court-martial;  Marines  killed Iraqi when suspect couldn't be found, corpsman testifies BYLINE:  Rick Rogers and Mark Sauer, STAFF WRITERS BODY: Frustrated by the repeated release of a suspected terrorist in Iraq, a Camp Pendleton unit decided to  enforce its own brand of justice with an execution. So said Petty Officer 3rd Class Melson J.  Bacos  during his court-martial yesterday at Camp Pendleton. He  detailed a sophisticated murder plot that ended with  Marines  shooting Hashim Ibrahim Awad, a former  police officer with 11 children. Bacos'  revelations might intensify the national debate over whether allegedly poor  Marine  leadership  contributed to the April 26 incident in the town of Hamdaniya, some military analysts said. It also will likely  allow critics of the Iraq war to reassert that U.S. troops are increasingly frustrated because of high-stress  urban warfare, inadequate resources and mounting casualties. "What possessed all of us (that day), I do not know,"  Bacos  told military judge Col. Steven Folsom. "I  wanted to be part of the team. I wanted to be loyal, but that is no excuse for immorality.  "Now I have to live with this for the rest of my life. I feel my honor is gone and I have let down others. . .. The  only honorable thing to do is tell the truth." Folsom sentenced Bacos to 10 years in prison, a reduction in rank, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture  of all his pay and allowances. But as part of a plea agreement and with time served while awaiting trial, Bacos will be confined for less  than a year. He also will be allowed to stay in the Navy and keep his compensation. In return, Bacos is expected to testify against the other seven defendants as they come up for courts-martial. 
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