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Former Marine admits wearing phony medals; prosecutors recommend probation

January 14, 2010 |  2:32 pm


A 69-year-old former Marine pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego today to a misdemeanor count of wearing medals that he did not earn.

David Vincent Weber admitted that he wore several medals, including Purple Hearts and Legions of Merit, to a Marine Corps birthday celebration in Ramona in November. Although he left the service as a staff sergeant, he wore the uniform of a major general, but that was not part of the criminal charge.

Under a plea bargain, the U.S. attorney's office agreed to recommend no jail sentence and a year's probation. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruben Brooks is free to ignore that recommendation. The maximum sentence is one year in prison.

Weber was charged under the federal Stolen Valor Act. Marines attending the Ramona party were immediately suspicious of Weber, according to court documents.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: David Vincent Weber, right, meets Marine Lt. Col. Todd Oneto at the Marine Corps birthday celebration in Ramona. Credit: Timothy Jay Hall / Ramona Sentinel