A Marine gets 30-day sentence in a hazing-suicide case where he plead guilty. Lance Cpl. Jacob D. Jacoby assaulted -- and plead guilty to do doing so -- Lance Cpl. Harry Lew when they were in Afghanistan performing first watch after Lew fell asleep.
These are the people that America trusts to protect their country. How can Americans feel safe when they are harming each other?
"It has been a bad tragedy for us and (we) never can be able to repair our broken heart," said Lew's father, Allen. "We just couldn't believe their own peers could do something like that to their own people."
This is the epitome of a senseless death. Hazing is never necessary and Jacoby should have acted like a guy representing the United States of America and his brothers and sisters in the United States Marine. He acted like an animal and now a young man is dead because of his actions.
What truly makes this an abomination is that the only justice Lew will receive is that his aggressor will only see a 30-day sentence. Did Jacoby mean for his actions to lead to Lew's death? Highly unlikely, but they did.
Civilians can only imagine what life is like in Afghanistan and what it is like for the men and women over there, but it is really hard to believe that anything over there could make Jacoby believe that assaulting a fellow Marine when he fell asleep is okay.
"Lance Corporal Lew was beaten, berated and forced to perform rigorous exercise," said Rep. Jusy Chu. "He was forced to do push-ups and leg lifts wearing full body armor, and sand was poured in his mouth. He was forced to dig a hole for hours. He was kicked and stomped on. And it did not stop until 3:20 a.m."
Lew was tortured and then he took his automatic weapon and took his own life. A Marine is sentenced to 30 days after performing the actions that resulted in this. Doesn't seem fair, does it?