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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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  • Bones

    “….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.

  • Vincent Lapagio

    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.

    Someone who cares

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