Soldier sentenced for Christmas Day shooting


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A member of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a court martial on base Thursday, May 2.

A military judge sentenced Spc. Marshall D. Drake Jr. to 11 years, 9 months in prison for the Christmas, 2012 killing of Pfc. Grant W. Wise, 25, in Drake’s barracks room. The shooting came after a night of heavy drinking. Drake was also reduced in rank to private, ordered to forfeit all pay and allowances and will receive a dishonorable discharge. According to the Army, Drake and Wise were drinking in the early morning hours of Dec. 25, 2012, when Drake pulled out a gun in his barracks room. After passing the gun around and allowing Wise to “dry fire” the weapon, Drake pointed the gun at Wise and shot his fellow soldier in the head.

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