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Marine pleads guilty to urinating on corpses

Published: Wed, January 16, 2013 @ 6:00 p.m.

Marine pleads guilty to urinating on corpses

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Marine has pleaded guilty to the bulk of the charges against him for urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan and then posing for photos with the corpses.

Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola was accused of the desecration of remains and posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties. He was also accused of failing to properly supervise junior Marines and not reporting the misconduct.

Deptola pleaded guilty to multiple charges today under a plea agreement reached with military prosecutors.

At the hearing, Deptola admitted that he failed to properly supervise his Marines and did nothing to stop them from taking pictures of the dead. He also admitted intentionally urinating on the corpses.

He will be sentenced later.


16675409(37 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

You can be that the Taliban doesn't prosecute their own for anything done to our soldiers.

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2georgejeanie(1526 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

To the victor goes the spoils. The taliban started this and the USA will finish it. I'm sure this Marine now wishes he had not done this but in the heat of battle the adrenaline is going and you have to remember this terrorist was trying to kill our Marine. I hope this Marine does not get discouraged. God bless him and all his brothers in arms.

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3Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

We are not the Taliban
What part of that you do not get

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46675409(37 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

You can be taken captive and beheaded with no outcry. Urinating on a dead Taliban will bring an outcry and charges. The lesson to be learned here is that we should be taking captives and beheading them.

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