Marine veteran Jesse Gabriel Marks, 38, was sentenced this month to 30 years in prison for drugging and trafficking hundreds of women in Jacksonville, NC, which both includes and surrounds Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. According to the Marine Corps Times (MCT), “Marks was originally indicted on charges of methamphetamine and heroin distribution as well as sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.”
However, as reported by the MCT, “The drug charges were dropped as part of his plea agreement, which resulted in a sentence of 30 years followed by five years supervised release and an order to pay $249,700 in restitution to multiple victims.”
Marks enlisted into the Marine Corps as an 0311 (Infantry Rifleman) in April 2000, but was discharged in October 2002, while still stationed at Camp Lejeune, with the prestigious rank of “private.” Clearly, he wasn’t cut out for the Corps. The Marine Corps Manpower and Reserve Affairs Office released a statement saying, “Marks’s premature discharge and rank at time of separation are indicative of the fact that the character of his service was incongruent with Marine Corps’ expectations and standards.”
In light of Marks’s current conviction, the Marine Corps’ comments aren’t shocking.