Charges Dismissed against one defendant in MARSOC 3 case

| February 11, 2022

A military judge dismissed charges against one of the MARSOC 3. These charges were dismissed “with prejudice”. The reason for this dismissal involves “threatening comments” that indicated Unlawful Command Influence (UPI).

From Yahoo:

During the meeting, Thomas asked Shaw about protecting attorneys from outside influences, to which Shaw responded with words to the effect of defense attorneys “may think they are shielded, but they are not protected,” the ruling stated.

“Captain Thomas, I know who you are and what cases you are on, and you are not protected,” Shaw is quoted as saying in the ruling, which says Shaw’s comments directed at Thomas “concerned” him “about his continued role as a defense counsel” and specifically “his role as a defense counsel for [Gilmet].”

“Thomas feared that his continued representation of HMC Gilmet … would be detrimental to his career,” the ruling said.

In addition to charges of negligent homicide and involuntary manslaughter, the MARSOC 3 were also charged with obstructing justice and violating orders.

The charges came after Gilmet, Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Draher and Gunnery Sgt. Joshua Negron were involved in an altercation at an Iraq bar on Jan. 1, 2019, according to reports from United American Patriots (UAP), a national nonprofit supporting the MARSOC 3.

UAP reported an intoxicated American defense contractor allegedly instigated a confrontation with the three, which led to the contractor being knocked out by one of the Marines and later dying due to “complications stemming from his intoxicated state and from having choked on his own vomit,” UAP said in a report.

According to UAP, Draher and Negron, whose defense teams are also seeking to have their charges dismissed, have a motion hearing on Feb. 17.

Last month, three members of Congress wrote the Secretary of the Navy and Commandant of the Marine Corps requesting the cases be set aside if Shaw’s statements were found to be true.

Yahoo has more on this article at this link. Thanks to AW1Ed for providing the link to this story.

Category: Marine Corps, Marine Recon, Marines

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Another senior officer who started believing his own bullshit.


Looks like we gots us a case of a drunk dumbass doing stoopid sh^t, and an ossifer that blowed up with his own self importance and power. Sound about right?


Thanks, TBS, David sent me the link. Credit where due.

Old tanker

Methinks an investigation into the “command atmosphere” created by Shaw is about to drop a nuke on his head.