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LA gang members sentenced in slaying of Camp Pendleton Marine
Two gang members were sentenced Monday for the senseless slaying of a 19-year-old Marine who saw them trying to break into a car in Los Angeles and confronted them, prosecutors said.
A judge sentenced 28-year-old Oscar Aguilar to 100 years to life in state prison and 31-year-old Esau Rios to 50 years to life in state prison for the first-degree murder on a dark street three years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.
The men shot and killed Lance Cpl. Carlos Segovia Lopez on Sept. 16, 2016, shortly after he left his girlfriend's house while on leave from Camp Pendleton, a jury found.
Aguilar approached Segovia at Rio's direction and shot him once in the head as the Marine was sitting in his car, according to court testimony.
Segovia was placed on life support with little brain function and died three days later at a hospital.
A third defendant, Ricky Valente, 21, pleaded no contest to one count of accessory after the fact in June 2018. He was later placed on three years of formal probation under the terms of a negotiated plea agreement.
Aguilar and Rios were known gang members, according to testimony.
All three defendants were residents of the neighborhood where the shooting occurred.
"They shot a Marine. They shot a community leader," family friend Claudia Perez previously told the Los Angeles Times. "It was not gang-on-gang violence like you normally see on South L.A. streets. He left a base to see his family and was murdered in the streets."
Mom Sandra Lopez told told NBC in Los Angeles that her son's death was a "big loss to the USA."
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Video footage of a purported "bombing of Kurd civilians" by Turkish military forces shown on ABC News appeared to be a nighttime firing of tracer rounds at a Kentucky gun range.
For U.S. service members who have fought alongside the Kurds, President Donald Trump's decision to approve repositioning U.S. forces in Syria ahead of Turkey's invasion is a naked betrayal of valued allies.
"I am ashamed for the first time in my career," one unnamed special operator told Fox News Jennifer Griffin.
In a Twitter thread that went viral, Griffin wrote the soldier told her the Kurds were continuing to support the United States by guarding tens of thousands of ISIS prisoners even though Turkey had nullified an arrangement under which U.S. and Turkish troops were conducting joint patrols in northeastern Syria to allow the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, to withdraw.
"The Kurds are sticking by us," the soldier told Griffin. "No other partner I have ever dealt with would stand by us."
The U.S. military's seemingly never-ending mission supporting civil authorities along the southwestern border will last at least another year.
On Sept. 3, Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide a total of up to 5,500 troops along the border until Sept. 30, 2020, Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Army North, said on Monday.
Editor's note: This article by Gina Harkins originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia announced on Monday it would hold a large test of its Strategic Missile Forces that will see it fire ballistic and cruise missiles from the land, sea and air this week.
The exercise, from Oct. 15-17, will involve around 12,000 military personnel, as well as aircraft, including strategic nuclear bombers, surface ships and submarines, Russia's Ministry of Defense said in a statement.