Marine Corps drill instructor gets 10 years for abusing Muslim recruits

(AP) - A Marine Corps drill instructor gets 10 years in prison for abusing recruits, especially Muslims, 1 of whom killed himself.

Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix is also accused of lying about his actions to investigators.

The eight-man jury at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, decided Thursday that Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix's punching, choking and kicking of recruits at the Marine Corps' Parris Island, South Carolina, boot camp included a focus on three Muslim men.

The 34-year-old Iraq veteran was accused of being a central figure in an abusive group of drill instructors at Parris Island uncovered after the March 2016 suicide of one of the Muslim-American recruits targeting. Raheel Siddiqui was from metro Detroit.

An investigation led to charges against Felix, five other drill instructors and the training battalion's commanding officer. Eleven others faced lesser, administrative discipline.

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