HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three Kaneohe Marines have been criminally charged in connection with the suicide of a Marine in Afghanistan.
Military investigators say 21-year-old Lance Corporal Harry Lew of California killed himself in April right after being hazed by three other Marines based out of Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe.
Investigators say the suspects were angry because Lew fell asleep repeatedly on the job.
The accused are:
- Lance Cpl. Jacob D. Jacoby, 21, is accused of kicking Lew in the back and head, and striking him on the helmet with a closed fist.
- Sgt. Benjamin E. Johns, 26, is accused of willfully failing to supervise and ensure the welfare of a Marine under his care.
- Lance Cpl. Carlos Orozco III, 22, is accused of stomping on Lew's back with his boot, kicking him in the head, ordering him to do pushups, side planks, leg lifts with a sand bag, while wearing full personal protective equipment and pouring sand onto his face.
Lance Cpl. Jacoby is also charged with communicating a threat to Lew that he was going to receive a beating, in court documents Jacoby said "It's inevitable Lew, you're going to get your ass beat," or words to that effect.
Lew's father, Allen tells Hawaii News Now that the three Kaneohe Marines deserve the maximum punishment allowed.
The next step in the process will be an Article 32 hearing, tentatively scheduled for September 8 at Marine Corps Base, Hawaii in Kaneohe.