Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Marine Gets Light Sentence For Murder & Coverup

Marine Private, John J. Jodka, who pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the killing of an innocent Iraqi civilian, was sentenced to just 18 months in custody today.
The military judge wanted to give Jodka a 5 year sentence, but was bound by the terms of the plea deal.
After reviewing evidence, including a video made by the Marine squad 2 days after the murder, where 20 year old Jodka made profane jokes about murdering more people in Iraq.
Jodka was part of a squad of 7 Marines & one Navy corpsman. They kidnapped 52 year old Hashim Ibrahim Awad in Hamdania, Iraq, taking him to a roadside hole, shooting him & then tried to cover up the incident.
This was outright murder of an innocent Iraqi civilian & was followed by a dirty attempt to cover up the disgusting crime. All of these military members should be sentenced to life in prison--in Iraq.
1 1/2 years for the murder of an unarmed man? Not only is this a mass injustice for this poor man & his family, but this sets such a bad example for the military in Iraq.
I wonder if Private John J. Jodka sleeps at night, or if Hashim Ibrahim Awad haunts his dreams?