A Marine charged with urinating on an enemy corpse in Afghanistan pleaded guilty to the crime Wednesday at a special-court martial.
Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Chamblin pleaded guilty to “wrongfully urinating on the body of a deceased enemy combatant,” failing to properly supervise junior Marines and wrongfully posing for photographs with dead bodies, according to a Marine Corps press release.
The incident happened during a counterinsurgency operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on July 27, 2011. A YouTube video of the incident was posted in January.
Though the judge sentenced Chamblin to 30 days in the brig, 60 days restriction, forfeiture of $500 of salary for six months, a $2,000 fine and a reduction in rank to lance corporal, it is unlikely he will see that sentence. Because of a pretrial agreement with Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, the commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, the maximum sentence that can be approved for Chamblin is forfeiture of $500 for one month and reduction to sergeant, according to the release.
Chamblin is assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Other cases are still pending related to the incident.