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JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Should a Marine accused of savagely beating a Surf City cab driver be allowed to leave the state? That’s the question an Onslow County judge was faced with at a bond hearing this morning.

Three months after the brutal assault of driver Charles Hawkesworth caught on camera, Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Adam Kinosh was back in court today asking a judge to help him seek help.

At a bond hearing Kinosh’s commanding officer testified that alcoholism, PTSD and a brain injury suffered in battle were the cause of his violent outburst in September and that Kinosh had been seeking counseling.

Since the attack Kinosh has been removed from his role as an instructor at Marine Special Operations Command Stone Bay, but his commanding officer testified that he was a model Marine.

A letter from the commander of Marine Special Operations helped sway the judge to allow Kinosh to seek a month-long inpatient therapy at a facility in either Virginia or Texas with some restrictions. The court authorized a 28-day stay at an approved facility if the Marine Corps provides Kinosh an escort to and from the facility and makes weekly visits to ensure Kinosh stays there. He must also report to base authorities on a regular basis about where he is and his progress in therapy.

When Kinosh is done with the program, he must return to Camp Lejeune. If Kinosh leaves the facility cannot complete his treatment, his bond will be revoked and he will be extradited back to the Onslow County Jail.

Neither Kinosh nor Hawkesworth would talk to reporters after court.

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35 Comments on "Marine accused of cabbie attack allowed out-of-state therapy"

2015 years 8 months ago

What is the current status of this case. Is the P.O.S. ever going to go on trial?

2015 years 8 months ago

COWARD! There are hundreds of thousands of vets with PTSD and many of them drink. No excuse for this cowardly act. Make him responsible for his behavior both by the military and the state. NO EXCUSES! Won’t bother saying what I personally would do to him. Pathetic excuse from a COWARD who can’t man up. One day you will get a fair fight and the following day you will meet your maker COWARD!!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Oddly enough, I have PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and a drinking problem. I still manage to avoid hitting people who don’t start stuff with me. One of the worst things that ever happened to Veterans was the advent of using PTSD as an excuse for poor judgement. Unfortunately, this Marine’s actions will now reflect on me.

Truly sad.

Former Marine
2015 years 8 months ago

Every Soldier, Sailor or Marine with a legitimate case of PTSD or TBI (there are very few IMO) gets shate on when a punk like this manipulates the system to excuse his criminal behavior. I had a major conflict induced TBI between the Vietnam and Current wars and yea it stinks having to live with changes in your perception of the world and well as yourself. Yes, I did a couple of stupid things drunk and feeling sorry for myself early on. What I did not do was make excuses for anything stupid or borderline criminal while I was adjusting to living with this injury. Never, not once and no responsible adult veteran that I have interacted with since then did either. What a POS this supposed NCO is. Then try to blame this guy and put him in a jam, that’s criminal planning and intention,not a side effect of TBI.

Rot in hell Gunny.

2015 years 8 months ago

every combat veteran knows there is no excuse for this stuff. The Gunny needs to be held to account, at the same time getting whatever kind of help folks that think like him can benefit from, of course that will all be a farce unless he sees himself for what he is and not some “victim” of TBI or PTSD.

Then roll on Gunny and live your life, after paying the debt you created. Anyone whom says this is not a felonious assualt is so biased it’s laughable.


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