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Marine sentenced for stealing ammunition says he was pressured by recon community | Marine Corps Times

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In September 2020, the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion started direct action training on range 110 at Camp Pendleton, California, in anticipation of an 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit mission. Rather than securing the munitions, the reconnaissance Marine was later accused of stealing it and throwing it into a ravine. The Marine was apprehended as part of a federal sting operation that reportedly found Marines attempting to sell weapons and explosives on the internet. Naughton, 28, was convicted on five offenses, including stealing military munitions and obstructing justice. He will get a poor behavior dismissal with a grade reduction to E-1 and 16 months in prison, less the 147 days he has already served in the jail. Despite the fact that he admitted to taking ammo while manning a forward supply station at range 110, Naughton claimed that he was peer pressured into doing so by other Marines and that the recon community, in general, had negatively influenced him.



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