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JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- A man allegedly assaulted by two Camp Lejeune Marines outside a Jacksonville bar earlier this moth has died, according to WCTI NewsChannel 12 in New Bern.

Jimmie Senn died over the weekend at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He had been in critical condition for nearly a week after police say he was severely beaten by two Marines outside Duck's Grille & Bar on Gum Branch Road around 2:30 a.m. January 7. Officers who responded found the 34-year-old from Pollocksville unconscious. Investigators say his wife Billie Senn, 41, was also hit during the fight.

Brandon Cotter, 22, (above, left) is charged with assault inflicting serious injury and assault on a female. Erik Ketterman, 22, is charged with accessory after the fact. Both are members of 1/9 A Company at Camp Lejeune.

No word yet on whether the men will face additional charges.

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unleashing unstable, violent, combat trained killers?

"....just no problem unleashing these unstable, violent, combat trained killers onto society with no intention of ever helping with their mental problems once they have left the Corp."

Not to drive attention away from the fact that this was a terrible act and should definitely be punished to the utmost, but...this entire quote is a bit over exaggerated. Plus, there are many different programs to help Marines, as well as all military members, and their families deal with the stresses of combat and the transition back to “normal” life. These programs exist for individuals while on active duty and after each has left the service.

If you don’t know what you are talking about please refrain from making uneducated comments.

As a relative of one of

As a relative of one of these two marines, I would like to say firstly that I am saddened by this tragedy. I do not understand why bar fights start at all, and do not condone going out and getting into them. I feel great sympathy for Mr. Senn and those survived by him. He was indeed the victim of a careless and senseless act.
I do, however, also feel that those accused of crimes are to be treated as innocent until proven guilty. Also, there are people writing on message boards and in articles that this man was "brutally attacked by two marines" or "killed by two marines". This is false. Mr. Cotter punched Mr. Senn, and although this blow did knock him down, it certainly did not kill him. I do not believe it was Mr. Cotter's intention to kill this man. He took a bad fall. Erik Ketterman did not even touch Mr. Senn. This fact is not even in question at this point, as Erik is back to work and has been all but completely cleared, which is inevitable, as he is innocent.
I would now like to address those who were calling these two accused men "scumbags" and claimed that they should be "sterilized". Based upon your ignorant statements, obviously stemming from your inaccurate interpretation of sensational local media hype and not based on finding out what the actual events were, I would like to say shame on you. Learn to think for yourselves. Mr. Cotter certainly made a mistake, but I would like for anyone who has been making these ignorant statements in this comment section to imagine what kind of mercy you would ask for if either you or someone in your family threw a single drunken punch or pushed someone and they hit their head and died. These two men called a cab prior to this happening, they were obviously intent on leaving, and were followed out of the bar. All of these facts will be made clear when the video is released from the cameras inside the bar, as they will be used in Mr. Cotter's defense.
I would like to extend my sympathies to Mr. Senn's family.
I am not proud that my relative was involved in this kind of careless and senseless stupidity. I hope that we can all learn a lesson from this.

Sincerely,
Someone who cares

I served with Jimmie Senn

The article doesn't say so, but Jimmie is a Marine too. We were in the same platoon and went to Iraq together twice. Jimmie was not the kind of guy who would start any trouble, and judging by just the head shots of these two guys they both look a lot bigger than Jimmie. He was 5'10" at the very most and not a big guy at all, he was a fighter for his country but not out getting into fights at bars. Anyone saying that he may have started it is flat out wrong, and I don't need to witness the fight to tell you that. Why would a guy go out with his wife to start a fight? Why would a responsible 34 year old start a fight with two 22 year olds? He wouldn't do that. RIP Jimmie

My husband worked with him,

My husband worked with him, and I completely agree. He wouldn't start a fight. He and his wife both are good people and were always nice to our family and others.

A murder vs a drug dealer

What is so messed up with the system is...u can murder someone and your bond is lesser than a person selling drugs, Both cases are wrong but come on what is our society coming to?

I will keep supporting the Military....

...BUT only if the military does the right thing and court marshals these two scumbags for the atrocities they have committed. Two big young military trained killers facing one older fellow and his wife?! Give me a break. Hopefully these two will get what they deserve; a nice square cell for most of their pathetic lives. PATHETIC!

Marines

Why?????????? What could a person do that would deserve a beating like this???? So barbaric and cruel.

The owner of this place owns

The owner of this place owns many bars in Onslow county. There should have been ample security on hand to prevent this from happening. When a restaurant closes and the liquor starts flowing on the bar side then it is a bar that has just stopped serving food. A true restaurant usually closes by twelve so they do not have to deal with these types of matters.

These two marines are pieces

These two marines are pieces of Sh!t and should be given the maximum sentence of life. Scumbag marines we have I dont care if they served this country or not, I have no respect for them ROT IN H3LL

Actually

Duck's is about as upscale restaurant one can find in Jacksonville. Yes there is a bar adjacent to the dining room; but it hardly qualifies as a bar.

On the other hand, 2 young Marines should have enough discipline to know 2 against one is hardly fair unless he was packing a heater.

I am confident the truth will prevail and the young Marines punished if they are guilty.

Today's Corps has zero tolerance for this type of public beahviour.

Apparently you don't

Apparently you don't frequent this "upscale" establishment. It's a bar, plain and simple that happens to have good food. There should have been security there, but of course there wasn't. You would think with all the fights I have WITNESSED there that the owner would have some. Compare food sales to alcohol sales and the truth will come out! RIP Ssgt Senn......

"Today's Corps has zero

"Today's Corps has zero tolerance for this type of public beahviour"..........

....just no problem unleashing these unstable, violent, combat trained killers onto society with no intention of ever helping with their mental problems once they have left the Corp.

"unleashing unstable, violent, combat trained killers"

Not to drive attention away from the fact that this was a terrible act and should definitely be punished to the utmost, but...this entire quote is a bit over exaggerated. Plus, there are many different programs to help Marines, as well as all military members, and their families deal with the stresses of combat and the transition back to “normal” life. These programs exist for individuals while on active duty and after each has left the service.

If you don’t know what you are talking about please refrain from making uneducated comments.

Upscale? Yeah right....the

Upscale? Yeah right....the place is a cess pool of cocaine and other drugs after 7 pm. It's no different than any other bar in any other city, it's just hidden by fancy menu items. It's a shame that some guy had to lose his life because of a violent jerk off. I think it's amazing a guy gets killed at Ducks, and they shut down 8 balls pizza because of a fight... It's time to place blame where it's due, the perpetrators not the businesses. Lots of fights at Ducks each week, so this is no surprise

I hope they will be

I hope they will be sterilized in order to prevent further gene pool infection!!!

I hope you are!!!

I hope you are!!!

Testosterone and Alcohol

Don't stop with the sterilization of these two stupid brutes. There are many more just like them who prowl the streets of Wilmington on weekend nights looking for a fight.

Testosterone and alcohol are an explosive mixture.

Bottom Line: He killed a

Bottom Line: He killed a fellow American because he wanted to prove to himself he was tuff. He has put a discredit on the Marine Corps and our relationship to Jacksonville locals. There are no excuses, for his actions and worst, his friend should have done everything in his power to stop him and didn't.