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Chris Christie Commutes Sentence Of Marine Facing Prison For Carrying Legally Registered Handgun
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday commuted the sentence of a Marine Corps veteran who faced three years in prison for bringing a handgun legally registered in Virginia into the Garden State, where another man brandished it during a confrontation with police, a local ABC News affiliate reports.
Hisashi Pompey, a former military police sergeant and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, was charged and convicted of felony possession of an unlawful firearm in 2013. His career in the Marine Corps was terminated as a result. Pompey began petitioning Christie for a pardon after losing his appeal in February. He was scheduled to begin his prison sentence on Apr. 17.
“I would plead to him, ask him, beg him anyway I can for his forgiveness because technically I didn’t really commit a crime,” Pompey told CBS News before Christie commuted his sentence.
In 2011, Pompey, then an active duty sergeant stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia, was arrested after a friend drew Pompey’s handgun on a large crowd outside a Fort Lee nightclub, where police officers were responding to reports of a fight.
Pompey has since maintained that the friend, Isaiah Wilson, snatched his firearm out of its holster, but also acknowledged that he had made a mistake: Pompey claimed he had brought the gun to New Jersey unwittingly, and only realized he had it after it slipped out of a gym bag in the nightclub parking lot.
Pompey said that before he and Wilson initially entered the club, they had locked the gun in the car’s glove compartment and the magazine in the truck. Pompey had retrieved his gun from Wilson’s car and loaded it with a magazine after a brawl erupted inside the nightclub, according to court documents.
At some point, Wilson, who was drunk and badly injured in the fight, took the gun from Pompey’s hip holster. Pompey claimed in court that he had been rendering first aid to Wilson and could not remember exactly how Wilson managed to disarm him. “I was careless,” he testified.
When police arrived, someone spotted Wilson carrying the gun and panic ensued. Officers responded by drawing their weapons on Wilson and ordering him to drop the gun. Wilson refused to comply, and instead ducked behind a car, where he attempted to hide the firearm.
Wilson was arrested and the gun was found with a round in the chamber. Pompey, who was out of uniform, claimed ownership of the firearm and identified himself to police as a Marine and an off-duty MP.
Pompey was registered to legally carry a firearm in Virginia, but not in New Jersey. He was visiting family in Fort Lee at the time of the incident. In 2008, New Jersey lawmakers imposed a three year mandatory sentence for gun-related offenses as part of an effort to combat gang violence, according to ABC News.
Because the incident occurred in 2011, the federal Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act of 2004, which allows certain government personnel to carry concealed weapons across state lines, did not apply to Pompey. Congress amended the law in 2013 to cover military police.
Pompey’s conviction still stands, but the penalty is gone. He is currently seeking a full pardon, which is under review.
“The issue has now turned for the better,” Pompey told ABC News after news Christie's decision to commute his sentence broke. “And we’re going to recoup and, just, oh my God … We’re all humans. Humans make mistakes.”
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misstated that Gov. Chris Christie had pardoned Pompey. Christie commuted Pompey's sentence but did not issue a full pardon. Updated 4/17/2017; 12:42pm
The three sailors whose lives were cut short by a gunman at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, on Friday "showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil," said base commander Navy Capt. Tim Kinsella.
Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters were killed in the shooting, the Navy has announced.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Gen. David Berger, the US Marine Corps commandant, suggested the concerns surrounding a service members' use of questionable Chinese-owned apps like TikTok should be directed against the military's leadership, rather than the individual troops.
Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday morning, Berger said the younger generation of troops had a "clearer view" of the technology "than most people give them credit for."
"That said, I'd give us a 'C-minus' or a 'D' in educating the force on the threat of even technology," Berger said. "Because they view it as two pieces of gear, 'I don't see what the big deal is.'"
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un risks losing "everything" if he resumes hostility and his country must denuclearize, after the North said it had carried out a "successful test of great significance."
"Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore," Trump said on Twitter, referring to his first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018.
"He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November," he said.
The Pentagon’s troop deployment denials means nothing when the White House screams ‘fake news’ all the time
The Pentagon has a credibility problem that is the result of the White House's scorched earth policy against any criticism. As a result, all statements from senior leaders are suspect.
We're beyond the point of defense officials being unable to say for certain whether a dog is a good boy or girl. Now we're at the point where the Pentagon has spent three days trying to knock down a Wall Street Journal story about possible deployments to the Middle East, and they've failed to persuade either the press or Congress.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the United States was considering deploying up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East to thwart any potential Iranian attacks. The story made clear that President Trump could ultimately decide to send a smaller number of service members, but defense officials have become fixated on the number 14,000 as if it were the only option on the table.
Just before 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning 78 years ago, Lauren Bruner was preparing for church services and a date that would follow with a girl he'd met outside his Navy base.
The 21-year-old sailor was stationed as a fire controlman aboard the U.S. battleship USS Arizona, overseeing the vessel's .50-caliber guns.
Then alarms rang out. A Japanese plane had bombed the ship in a surprise attack.
It took only nine minutes for the Arizona to sink after the first bomb hit. Bruner was struck by gunfire while trying to flee the inferno that consumed the ship, the second-to-last man to escape the explosion that killed 1,177, including his best friend; 335 survived.
More than 70% of Bruner's body was burned. He was hospitalized for weeks.
Now, nearly eight decades after that fateful day, Bruner's ashes will be delivered to the sea that cradled his fallen comrades, stored in an urn inside the battleship's wreckage.