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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.


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