JBER soldier gets nearly 12 years in fatal shooting

May 02, 2013 -- 2:40pm

 

- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska-based soldier will serve nearly 12 years in a military prison and be dishonorably discharged after killing a fellow soldier on Christmas morning. Spec. Marshall D. Drake Jr., of Mount Pleasant, S.C., was sentenced Thursday after being convicted in a general court-martial of involuntary manslaughter.  The 23-year-old Drake was accused of shooting Pfc. Grant W. Wise, of Fairport, N.Y., in Drake's barracks room on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage. A witness at the court-martial said Drake and Wise continued their Christmas Eve drinking into the early morning hours, when the shooting occurred.  Prosecutors said Drake fired into Wise's face.

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