Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cherry Point Lance Corporal sentenced in death of his 2-year-old

Sun Journal reports:

A Cherry Point Marine Lance Cpl. Preston D. Walker was sentenced Tuesday at a general court-martial aboard Cherry Point to 25 years in the brig after his court-martial on charges that he killed his 2-year-old daughter late last May.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Reina Barnett, Cherry Point public affairs officer, said Walker earned his rank May 1. He worked as a warehouse clerk in MAG-14. Walker’s rank was reduced to private, he received a dishonorable discharge and he must forfeit pay and allowance. The death occurred in base housing and was considered to be suspicious. The child allegedly fell down a flight of stairs on May 31, 2010. She died June 10.