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Marine drill trainer gets 10 years for abusing recruits


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this Oct., 31, 2017, file photo, U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph A. Felix, his other half, and his legal representatives exit a courtroom after testimony at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Released Friday, Nov. 10, 2017|1:45 p.m.

Updated Friday, Nov. 10, 2017|3:36 p.m.

RALEIGH, N.C.– A Marine Corps drill trainer was sentenced Friday to Ten Years in prison for choking, punching or otherwise torturing employees, particularly three Muslims– among whom ultimately killed himself by leaping down a stairwell.

A military jury handed out the punishment to Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix a day after convicting him of abusing more than a dozen students at the Marine bootcamp at Parris Island, South Carolina.

To name a few things, he teased the Muslims as “terrorists” or “ISIS” and purchased 2 of them to climb up into an industrial clothes dryer, spinning among them around in the scorching device up until he renounced his faith, the jury decided.

Felix, a 34-year-old Iraq veteran, was also bought to forfeit all pay, demoted to personal and given an unethical discharge.

Felix was a central figure in exactly what was found to be a group of abusive drill trainers at Parris Island. After the March 2016 suicide at the base, a hazing investigation resulted in charges versus Felix, five other drill trainers and the training battalion’s commanding officer. Eleven others faced lesser discipline.

Abusive drill instructors have actually long been stock characters in books and motion pictures like “Full Metal Jacket.” But that 1987 movie was set throughout the Vietnam War, and the Felix trial reveals that since then the Militaries have drawn clearer lines between what trainers can and can refrain from doing, stated Michael Hanzel, a previous Navy lawyer who participated in the proceedings at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

“This generation now, there’s things that I think that we’re much more concentrated on. In particular, in this trial, it’s calling individuals names based on their religious beliefs and targeting individuals based on their faith,” said Hanzel, now a private lawyer specializing in military law. “I don’t believe anyone would state that was acceptable ever, but it most likely was not prosecuted in the previous the method it would be now.”

The charges versus Felix consisted of commanding recruits to choke each other; purchasing them to drink chocolate milk then training them up until they vomited; and punching recruits in the face or kicking them to the ground.

“He wasn’t making Marines. He was breaking Marines,” district attorney Lt. Col. John Norman informed the jury on Wednesday. He called Felix a bully who heaped special abuse on 3 Muslim employees due to the fact that of their faith.

Among them, Raheel Siddiqui, a 20-year-old Pakistani-American from Taylor, Michigan, hurled himself to his death after exactly what the jury chose was mistreatment by Felix that included slapping Siddiqui and calling him a terrorist. Siddiqui’s family sued the Marine Corps last month for $100 million.

The government did not charge Felix with any criminal activity directly related to Siddiqui’s death. The judge, Lt. Col. Michael Libretto, did not enable testament about whether Felix’s actions was accountable for the recruit’s suicide.

Felix likewise was founded guilty of purchasing Lance Cpl. Ameer Bourmeche into a clothes dryer, which then was switched on as Felix required, “Are you still Muslim?” Bourmeche affirmed that he twice verified his faith and Felix and another drill instructor twice sent him for a bruising, scorching tumble inside the device.

After a 3rd spin, Bourmeche stated, he feared for his life and renounced his religion. The drill instructors then let him out, he said.

Felix was found guilty too of purchasing Bourmeche to replicate chopping off the head of a fellow Marine while reciting “God is fantastic” in Arabic.

The jury chose Felix also bought Rekan Hawez, a local of Iraqi Kurdistan, to climb up into the dryer. The maker was never ever turned on.

Felix was convicted, too, of awakening almost two lots employees from their sleep, purchasing them to push the floor, then walking on them in addition to 2 other drill instructors.

In a closing statement Wednesday, defense attorney Navy Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Bridges, stated the government unjustly fashioned inconsistent witness accounts into a case against the brawny drill instructor who called all employees “terrorist.”

Camp Lejeune Marine dealt with for shark bite off N.C. coast

Monday, July 6, 2015|8:20 p.m.

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.– A Marine was bitten by a shark off the North Carolina coast last weekend, the eighth such attack in the previous three weeks, medical workers from Camp Lejeune said Monday.

Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital representative Raymond Applewhite told WITN-TV in Washington the 32-year-old Marine was bitten offshore at Surf City on July 4. Base spokesperson Nat Fahy said Monday that the Marine suffered lacerations to his right-hand man and forearm.

Fahy stated the patient was required to the Camp Lejeune medical facility by a buddy late Saturday night. He was released early Sunday.

Prior to the current attack, North Carolina had actually already set a record for the most shark bites off the state’s coastline in the 80 years where records have actually been kept.

Most of this year’s shark attacks along the North Carolina coast took place in shallow water. Injuries have actually varied widely, from an 8-year-old boy who had only minor injuries to his heel and ankle to at least two others who had actually limbs cut off.

Gov. Pat McCrory has actually said safety officials are looking for patterns in the attacks that might keep the coastline safe for visitors.

INVITE BACK: ING, Tokio Marine and Lend Lease All Returning to U.S. CRE

Familiar Foreign Faces Returning to U.S. CRE Finance, Advancement Scene

As the broad-based U.S. financial recovery continues and the dollar grows ever stronger, international investors continue to increase the amount of capital dedicated to purchase commercial real estate assets in the united state And in real ‘follow-the-money’ fashion, some familiar faces are returning to the U.S. CRE market after a long hiatus.

ING Real Estate Finance, a department of Netherlands-based ING Groep NV, revealed it is re-launching its U.S. CRE financing company. From the other side of the globe, Japan-based insurance provider Tokio Marine Group has also launched a new CRE loaning law firm in the U.S. And Australia-based Provide Lease divulged it has actually bought three U.S. development projects after a long absence.

Each of the three were as soon as major players in office building in the U.S. however rather vanished from the arena following the around the world financial collapse in 2007. Each is returning due in huge part to the relative yield of U.S. CRE (compared to the low or perhaps negative yields on fixed-income European financial investments such as bonds), the prospects for more powerful economic growth in the U.S., as well as continued appreciation in the U.S. dollar.Share with Your Fans on Twitter Tweet Previous Team Rejoins ING Real Estate To Lead Re-Entry ING Real Estate Finance announced this week the re-appointment of Craig Bender as handling director to lead the re-launch of its U.S. property financing operations based in New york city. He will be reunited with former INGer Jeffrey Schwartz as vice president. Bender, who will accountable for establishing and managing ING’s portfolio of U.S. industrial realty loans, will report to Michael Shields

, managing director and head of ING Property Finance Western Europe, UK, UNITED STATE and Structured Products and regionally to Rudolf Molkenboer, CEO ING Americas.”Due to strong U.S. and worldwide realty market conditions and our dedication to much better serve ING’s U.S.-based clients active in Europe, we are really

excited to hire both Craig and Jeffrey to re-boot the ING Realty Finance USA group,”said Shields.”Craig and Jeffrey were formerly integral figures within ING’s U.S. financing efforts and have a significant performance history of success and the industry competence and contacts to rapidly ramp up our presence in this market.”Bender signs up with ING from BBVA Compass, where he was senior vice president and market supervisor. Schwartz joins ING from JPMorgan Real Estate Banking, where he most recently worked as vice president/underwriting supervisor. As recently as early last year, ING Property Finance was still in the process of downsizing its CRE loan portfolio, according to ING Groep’s 2014 annual report. The company took a major hit in the slump and had sold its U.S. financing portfolio in 2012 to Wells Fargo. However the noteworthy enhancement in the united state economy and surging funding activity became too much to ignore. Going ahead, the firm stated it expects to benefit from hindsight from its last foray here. ING Groep said it would be active in financing in all the core real estate sectors: workplaces, retail, domestic

, commercial and logistics, however made a point to note its financing choices would be based on capital creating prime property portfolio, senior safeguarded centers, relatively low starting loan-to-values( LTV)and conservative underwriting.Tokio Marine Backing Veterans in Introduce ACORE Capital Tokio Marine Group, the biggest publicly-traded insurer in Japan, is returning to the U.S. by backing the launch of a new CRE finance law firm ACORE Capital LP. Through its wholly had U.S. insurance coverage subsidiary, Delphi Financial Group Inc., Tokio Marine is committing$1.6 billion in capital to ACORE. ACORE is led by its 4 managing partners, Boyd Fellows, Stew Ward, Chris Tokarski and Warren de Haan, a team that helped construct, handle and lead the office real estate lending activities at Starwood Home Trust, Countrywide Financial Corp. and Nomura Securities International Inc. During their more than Twenty Years of working together, the group has actually jointly closed more than 4,000 office property loans totaling more than$40 billion. ACORE stated it will come from, acquire and handle very first home mortgages, B-notes, mezzanine debt and chosen equity throughout the united state, Canada and Europe, avoiding direct equity investments in CRE building. The brand-new finance law firm, which has workplaces in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New york city City, is planning to staff up with the addition of 30 CRE finance specialists in 2015. In backing the loaning on U.S. CRE buildings, Tokio Marine officials stated they wished to avoid the errors of the 1980s, when Japanese financiers, buoyed by bubble-era home evaluations, got landmark structures that later came back to haunt them.

“Japanese financiers purchased home straight and had quite a bit of difficulty due to the fact that of it, “Shinji Kawano, head of Tokio Marine’s building possession management unit, told Bloomberg News in an interview today.”We had that experience ourselves, so it’s a bit like ‘lesson found out.’That’s why we decided on buying funds.”Tokio Marine witnessed the problem mainly as a financier in other Japanese law firms that bought U.S. home. Tokio Marine has actually been a long-term

investor in Mitsubishi Estate Co., which wound up having to write off much of its 1989 $846 million financial investment in the Rockefeller Group Inc., owner of the Rockfeller Center. The Japanese-controlled partnerships that had New york city’s renowned Rockefeller Center declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy security in 1995. Provide Lease Backing U.S. Development Lend Lease this past week

at a conference in Australia highlighted its shift back towards producing a development-focused company in the united state with investments in metropolitan regeneration property development in three cities.” In the Americas, most people understand Lend Lease as a major construction management company; however, holistically, Provide Lease is a global diversified realty and infrastructure business, with an advancement pipeline of over$40 billion of tasks across the Americas, Australia, Europe and Asia,”said Denis Hickey, Lend Lease Americas CEO.

“The business’s technique in America is to move our business from being building resulted in being advancement led over the years to coming.”Lend Lease stated it has gotten 3 brand-new combined use metropolitan regeneration

projects in New york city, Boston and Chicago. In New York, Lend Lease has actually entered into a joint endeavor with Victor Group to establish 281 Fifth Avenue on the Southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and East 30th Street in the arising domestic community north of Madison Square Park referred to as Wanderer. The collaboration prepares to build a 700-unit condo structure, with retail at the base and luxury residences on the upper floor. The ground breaking is anticipated for late 2015. In Boston, Provide Lease has safeguarded a 12-acre waterside parcel in East Boston for Clippership Jetty, a mixed-used waterside property development that calls for more than 500,000 square feet of property area (490 +devices), and more than 28,000 square feet of retail. The task is immediately nearby to Maverick Square station on the Blue Line, one stop far from Boston’s CBD. Provide Lease has filed development strategies with the Boston Redevelopment Authority and intends to start building in late 2015. In Chicago, Provide Lease has formed a joint venture with CMK Cos. for River South, a 13-acre metropolitan regeneration task in Chicago’s River South community that will certainly include residential apartments/condos, associated retail space, industrial and neighborhood centers. Lend Lease will certainly partner with CMK to be the master designer of the site, with the chance to invest in all stages of the $1.5 billion property development. Provide Lease had actually previously exited most of its real estate investment operations in the United States and some European-based groups in late 2003 and early 2004. The law firm pointed out a variety of issues as reason for the decision, including an” unacceptably bad outlook for U.S. property investments for the next couple of years a minimum of”; too many disconnected place of business in the United States and a lack of connections between the united state financial investment businesses and other parts of the company.