GI allegedly gets shot to avoid return to Iraq
Phila. police say cousin wounded soldier in leg, helped concoct story
The Associated Press Updated: 10:48 a.m. ET Dec. 17, 2004
PHILADELPHIA - Police have arrested a soldier they say had his cousin shoot him so he wouldn’t have to return to Iraq. Army Spc. Marquise J. Roberts, of Hinesville, Ga., suffered a minor wound Tuesday to his left leg from a .22-caliber pistol, police said. He was treated at a hospital, then arrested after he and his cousin allegedly admitted making up a story about the shooting.
After giving differing accounts of the incident, “they just broke down and confessed that they concocted the whole story so he didn’t have to go back to the war,” Philadelphia police Lt. James Clark said Thursday.
Police charged Roberts with filing a false report and charged his cousin, Ronald Fuller, with aggravated assault and other charges.
Attempted robbery? Roberts, who was visiting family in Philadelphia, initially claimed he was shot during an attempted robbery, but Fuller had said the incident occurred at another location during an argument, according to Clark.
Roberts, 23, was on a two-week leave from the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, which led the assault on Baghdad in 2003. He is scheduled to return to Iraq within the next few months. The division has been home since the summer of 2003.
Police said Roberts, a supply specialist who had spent seven months in Iraq, was distraught about having to return to combat duty and wanted to stay with his family.
Lt. Col. Cliff Kent, a 3rd Infantry spokesman, said Roberts had been scheduled to return this week to Fort Stewart, Ga.
Roberts could face military discipline if the charges prove true, Kent said, but the civilian case probably would proceed first.
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I am the only one who is actually cooler than AzH
10th August 2004
Its amazing what people to stay away from iraq....
President of Novistrana
19th January 2003
I don't blame him.
I blame him.
I also blame him.
I would die without GF
29th November 2003
MihailI don't blame him.
Neither do I. This business of constantly transfering more troops to Iraq for such a needless purpose is such nonsense.
I guess you're a Bush supporter. 'The guy was an idiot. Nice job signing up for the military and being a pussy.
I'm way cooler than n0e (who isn't though?)
11th February 2003
well, what would you rather do(^weather you hate or like arabs) would you rather go to iraq or try to stay away?
i dont blame him anyhow..
Why sign-up for the military, and not go? Whether or not he has been there before, it is his duty is it not, he should have known what he was getting himself into before he joined.
I didn't make it!
Exactly Ping_Pong. My exact thoughts right there.
You sign up, so it is your business to do what is expected of you. The military isn't just a free ride to college.