Verdict in SoCal Navy doctor’s death investigation case
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (KGTV) – The Marines have confirmed that a military trial last week for a 23-year-old Marines only resulted in a partial conviction, after he was charged with the death of ‘another member of the body.
A Navy corpsman is a type of medic.
Michael Vincent De Leon, 30, died in a shootout at Twentynine Palms base, northeast of San Diego.
“It was difficult and very emotional,” said “JD” De Leon, Michael’s father. ABC 10News spoke to him and his wife, Sandra. Both parents were in the courtroom when Mason Williams was convicted of dereliction of duty and disorderly conduct. He was found not guilty of reckless endangerment and breach of lawful order.
As a punishment, his rank will drop from E-4 to E-1, resulting in a reduction in salary. The De Leons wanted him removed from his post and said a reduction in rank was insufficient.
Williams is one of five men in the body who have been linked with death.
The De Leons said their son captured a Snapchat video before he was shot dead at a departure party with other body men at one of the homes on the base. The prosecution said the men in the body drank and shot dry before a fatal bullet was fired.
The De Leons alleged a cover-up after ABC 10News confirmed through sources with close military ties that their son’s death was being investigated as homicide, not suicide as they claimed. said they were first led to believe it.
Les De Leon told ABC 10News that Williams has apologized, but it is not enough. “[He apologized] without accepting [that] what he did was wrong … our son left, “they added.
In addition to Williams, three other men in the corps have been charged. A fourth member of the corps is charged, but his hearing has continued and no date has been set.