U.S. Marine Corps

The Department of Defense has identified a Marine Raider who was killed in action over the weekend in Iraq.

On Aug. 10, 2019 Marine Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer, 35, was killed after "being engaged by enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations" in support of Iraqi Security Forces according to an Aug. 11 statement from the Pentagon. The incident remains under investigation.

He is survived by his wife and two children

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Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina.)

A Marine Raider convicted in a North Carolina court of misdemeanor assault for punching his girlfriend won't spend any time in jail unless he violates the terms of his probation, a court official told Task & Purpose.

On Monday, Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans received a suspended sentence of 60 days in jail, said Samantha Dooies, an assistant to the New Hanover County District Attorney.

Evans must complete 18 months of unsupervised probation, pay $8,000 in restitution, complete a domestic violence offenders program, and he cannot have any contact with his former girlfriend, Dooies told Task & Purpose. The special operations Marine is also only allowed to have access to firearms though the military while on base or deployed.

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A special operations Marine accused of punching his girlfriend will face up to 60 days in jail after being convicted in a North Carolina court of assault inflicting serious injury, a misdemeanor offense, Task & Purpose has learned.

Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was also found not guilty of assault on a female, which is also a misdemeanor, said Samantha Dooies, an assistant to the New Hanover County District Attorney.

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A Marine Raider who died of his injures after the lightweight dune buggy he was driving rolled over has been identified as Staff Sgt. Joshua Braica, officials announced on Tuesday.

Braica, 29, was a critical skills operator assigned to the 1st Marine Raider Battalion, a news release from Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command says.

"Our thoughts are with the family and teammates of Staff Sgt. Braica during this difficult time," Tuesday's news release says. "MARSOC is providing care and support to them and we urge respect for their privacy as they grieve this loss."

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Editor's Note: This article by Gina Harkins originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

The general nominated to lead the Marine Corps defended his service's place within U.S. Special Operations Command after a think tank urged service leaders to ditch the mission.

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