Imprisoned Marine Allowed to Attend Birth of Second Child
Larry Hutchins, left with his sleeping daughter Kylie, his mother, Kathi, and his father, Larry Hutchins Sr. Hutchins, is the Marine squad leader convicted of killing an Iraqi civilian in 2006. His conviction has since been reversed and is now being appealed by the government.
The Marine Corps is taking the unusual step of allowing a Camp Pendleton squad leader convicted of leading his troops in a 2006 kidnapping and slaying of an Iraqi civilian to get out of prison to be present for the birth of his second child, reports the North County Times.
Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander of the base's I Marine Expeditionary Force and head of Marine Corps Central Command, approved the temporary release of former Sgt. Larry Hutchins this week.
Waldhauser's action allows Hutchins to be with his wife, Reyna, who is scheduled to give birth through induced labor at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton on Monday.
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Published at 3:44 PM PST on Oct 15, 2011