An update on the two Marines charged with battery after beating a gay man so viciously that he was left unconscious on the street in Savannah, Georgia. Marine Aircraft Group 31 is currently conducting an investigation. The two Iraq vets say they were "threatened" and claim the young man made "unwanted verbal advances" , reports WCBD-TV.
From a preliminary internal investigation the Marines in question stated they were subject to unwanted verbal advances, that they were closely followed, and that a threat was communicated by a member of the other party. Col David Robinson, Commanding Officer, MAG-31 stated. "Although this certainly does not justify the actions of the Marine who punched the individual, it is important for us to consider both sides of the story."
"The United States Marine Corps does not tolerate discrimination or violence of any kind between military members and the citizens we defend," said Col. David Robinson, commanding officer, MAG-31. "Military authorities and civilian agencies are cooperating. As the investigations shed more light onto the situation, the appropriate actions will be taken regarding the uniformed service members involvement and if it is determined that civil or criminal laws were broken, the individuals will be held fully accountable."
The Marines are identified as 22-year-old Keil Joseph Cronauer and 23-year-old Christopher Charles Stanzel. They were booked into Chatham County jail on misdemeanor battery charges, released to military police and currently restricted to MCAS Beaufort.
Twenty-six-year-old Kieran Daly suffered bruising to the brain and two seizures immediately after the attack. Daly remains hospitalized and denies coming onto the soldiers. The victim says he "only came out six months ago."
If these Iraq War vets were "threatened" by a gay man allegedly "winking" at them and making "verbal advances", I'd seriously hate to see them on patrol in Baghdad.
2 Marines Arrested After Vicious Assault on Gay Man