Jury convicts Marine drill instructor of abuse
CAMP LEJEUNE, Onslow County - A military jury has convicted a Marine Corps drill instructor of abusing young recruits and then lying about his actions to investigators.
The eight-man jury at Camp Lejeune decided Thursday that Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix's punching, choking and kicking of recruits at the Marine Corps' Parris Island, South Carolina, boot camp included a focus on three Muslim men. The 34-year-old Iraq veteran could be sentenced to military prison, financial penalties and a dishonorable discharge. Felix was accused of being a central figure in an abusive group of drill instructors at Parris Island uncovered after the March 2016 suicide of one of the Muslim-American recruits targeting. An investigation led to charges against Felix, five other drill instructors and the training battalion's commanding officer. Eleven others faced lesser, administrative discipline.