Nevada Marine sentenced to life for Hamilton Marine's death

Joshua Hartzell
Joshua Hartzell

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - A Marine Corps private has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of a comrade at Camp Lejeune.

Military officials said 22-year-old Pvt. Jonathan Law of Clark County, Nev., also faces forfeiture of all pay and allowances and a dishonorable discharge.

The sentence was handed down on Thursday.

Law pleaded guilty last month to murder and robbery in the beating death of 22-year-old Cpl. Jonathan Hartzell of Hamilton, Ohio.

Officials say Law beat Hartzell with a 10-pound jackhammer drill bit. Law said he didn't know Hartzell personally.

He said he took Hartzell's cell phone, but said robbery wasn't his motive. Law said he was intoxicated by a combination of alcohol, marijuana and cough syrup on the night of the November 2009 attack.

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