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Fourth Marine at Camp Pendleton sentenced in document leaking case

May 20, 2010 |  6:06 pm

A fourth Marine at Camp Pendleton has been sentenced for mishandling classified documents involving investigations into possible terrorist groups in Southern California, the Marine Corps announced Thursday.

Gunnery Sgt. L. Eric Froboese was ordered reduced in rank to staff sergeant and sentenced to 30 days in the brig. The brig sentence will be delayed while Lt. Gen. Keith J. Stalder reviews the decision of a court-martial. Under a plea bargain, Froboese will not be docked pay.

The documents -- including CIA reports -- were leaked to an anti-terrorism task force formed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Froboese pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty, conspiracy and mishandling classified material.

The final defendant, Col. Larry J. Richards, a reservist, has been recalled to active duty and is awaiting a preliminary hearing. Richards helped form the anti-terrorism task force while employed at the Sheriff's Department.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego