A Marine Raider is scheduled to plead guilty to negligent homicide on Thursday for his part in the botched hazing that led to the death of an Army Green Beret in Bamako, Mali two years ago.
Marine Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell faces a general court-martial at Naval Station Norfolk at which he is expected to make the plea, which was arranged through negotiations with military prosecutors.
Maxwell, along with another Raider and two Navy SEALs, faced murder and related charges in the June 4, 2017, strangulation death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar. Another defendant, Chief Petty Officer Adam Matthews, pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy, unlawful entry, hazing, obstruction of justice and assault with battery.
Matthews was sentenced to reduction of rank from E7 to E5, confinement for 12 months and a bad conduct discharge. The discharge may change if he goes through with his plea agreement to provide testimony against his co-defendants and if the Melgar family agrees to another discharge type.