This statement speaks volumes about what kind of man this is. He'd killed another man, but his thoughts continued to only center around himself.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A sailor pleaded guilty Monday to abducting and killing a Marine corporal he thought had been involved in a gang rape. The rape turned out to be a lie, but the truth surfaced too late.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Cooper Jackson, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to premeditated murder, kidnapping, impersonating a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent and obstruction of justice in connection with the death of Cpl. Justin L. Huff, 23.
"I'd broken several laws and I had a missing Marine with me," Jackson said at his hearing Monday. "Quite frankly, I was scared of the consequences of what would happen, of being caught, more so than I was of the consequences of taking his life."
I'm sure some people will see this case as a reason to bash women, but the decision to take another man's life was made by the man who slit another man's throat with cool calculation. His willingness to commit violence was there before the lie -- even if the violence remained dormant.
With this level of violence it makes me wonder if the woman lied because she was scared of what would happen to her if she didn't lie. Since he successfully lured his victim to a remote location and hid the body, there's no certainty that this murder was his first.
I've met men who were so violently jealous that it seemed like only a matter of time before they'd kill "their" woman or some man who ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. The first woman I met who had a boyfriend like this was terrified of leaving him and didn't see that she had any options other than appeasement.
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