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| May 3, 2020

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Court Overturns Marine’s Attempted Manslaughter Conviction in Barracks Room Knife Fight

By Hope Hodge Seck
A Marine sentenced to 18 months’ confinement and a bad-conduct discharge after a barracks confrontation turned bloody may now end up free, after a military appeals court determined that the presiding judge wrongly instructed jury members in the case.

Pfc. Mickey W. Johnson, an aircraft maintainer stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, was convicted on charges including attempted manslaughter in April 2018. After just three weeks living with his roommate, identified in court documents as Lance Cpl. V, the tension between the two was toxic and threats were common.

But even though a showdown one evening devolved into a knife fight that sent Lance Cpl. V to the hospital, the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Military Appeals determined earlier this month that it could have begun as justifiable self-defense — a point that may not have been made effectively ahead of deliberations on the case.

The full-court published decision, released April 15 and delivered by Senior Judge Navy Capt. Arthur Gaston, found that the judge should have told members that Johnson was within his rights to display knives in an attempt to deter aggression.

The judges pointed out the size difference between the two Marines: Johnson was 5 feet 9 inches and weighed 140 pounds, while Lance Cpl. V was 6 feet 5 inches and 200 pounds.

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“The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that… it is their right and duty to be at all times armed;…” — Thomas Jefferson to Justice John Cartwright, 1824. ME 16:45.

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  1. 26Limabeans says:

    M1 Carbine. Fun gun. You can get a three round
    burst just by lossening your grip on the forestock.
    Then the firing pin breaks.

    The girl in the photo is showing excellent form…..

  2. Docduracoat says:

    That is a very pretty young woman in that photo!
    Mour ppfotos , please!

    • AW1Ed says:

      Sunday FGS feature only. My homage to American women- confident, strong, and armed.

  3. When in Liberty ports, we had a Sailor standing on the pier by the brow with an M-1 Carbine. I had the watch one time and the Gunners Mate hands me the carbine and inserted mag which was empty, and an empty cartridge belt and a pair of white leggings to go around my blues. All for show.

  4. Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

    What is that weapon that Young Miss Thang is aiming? At first I thought it was the Russina WWII PPSH41, but the details don’t match.

  5. 5th/77th FA says:

    CPL V got jealous cause his mama was cheating on him?

    And Miss Thang? DAAAAAAAAAAYUUUUUM! Honey Hush. Only thing I could see she was holding was my attention.