Marine from Birmingham charged in NC death of fellow gate sentinel

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) – A Marine Corps corporal faces negligent homicide and other charges in connection with April’s fatal shooting of a fellow guard on duty at Camp Lejeune, a base spokesman said Friday.

Lance Cpl. Brandon Little of Birmingham, Alabama, will be court-martialed on charges of involuntary manslaughter, dereliction of duty, negligent homicide, spokesman 1st Lt. Adam Flores said. Flores declined to provide Little’s age, but said he joined the Marine Corps in December 2011.

Little has chosen to be represented by a military attorney and could face up to 10 years in the brig if he’s found guilty, Flores said. Little has been on active duty during the process of the investigation.

Lance Cpl. Mark Boterf, 21, of Crowley, Texas, died April 8 from a single gunshot wound to the chest. The bullet came from an M4 military rifle as Little and Boterf shared a 15 feet by 15 feet guard shack at the base’s main entrance.

The shooting came less than a week after a shooting rampage by a soldier at Fort Hood in Texas killed three and wounded 16 others.

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