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Marine to stand trial for allegedly showing up heavily armed at Offutt Air Force Base
A Michigan-born Marine accused of bringing weapons onto an Air Force base in Nebraska will go to trial.
According to Associated Press reporter Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Pfc. Ali Al-kazahg deferred entering a plea during an arraignment at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Wednesday.
His week-long trial was scheduled to start Jan. 24. The charges stem from an incident at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha on May 31.
Charges against Ali Al-kazahg include carrying a concealed weapon, possessing modified firearms, making threats and fraudulent enlistment, the Associated Press reported.
Pfc. Ali Al-Kazahg stand in front of a Marine Corps flag(Instagram via Omaha World-Herald)
His sister told the Associated Press that she believes he is the target of racism, and that authorities overacted when he went to the base to work-out while his personal weapons were in his truck.
According to the Associated Press, Al-kazahg, who is stationed in Hawaii, lived in Nebraska after leaving Michigan and is the son of Iraqi immigrants.
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