On 3 August 2007, Sgt Lawrence G. Hutchins III, was sentenced to 15 years confinement, reduction in rank to Pvt./E-1, a dishonorable discharge and a reprimand. For his involvement in the murder of an Iraqi civilian in April 2006, in Hamdania, Iraq. Sgt Hutchins had been found guilty of unpremeditated murder, larceny, making a false official statement and conspiracy to commit the following: murder, larceny, obstruction of justice and false official statement.
Two other Marines from Sgt Hutchins’s squad, Cpl Magincalda and Cpl Thomas were recently sentence. Both of these Marines received time served, which was approximately 450 days, reduction to private, and one received a bad-conduct discharge.