Drill sergeant pleads guilty in crash that killed 2 recruits

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — A drill sergeant at Fort Jackson in South Carolina has pleaded guilty to killing two recruits who have been marching in front of his car in 2017.

The Submit and Courier reports Andrew Marrow informed the courtroom Monday that he was operating on 4 hours of sleep while driving a truck behind a gaggle of marching U.S. Army recruits. He stated he fell asleep and awoke to screams.

Pvt. Ethan Shrader, of Tennessee, and Pvt. Timothy Ashcraft, of Ohio, have been pinned beneath the truck and later died. Several other recruits have been critically wounded. A 2018 Military report blamed the exhaustion of Marrow and his superiors.

Marrow pleaded responsible to dereliction of obligation and negligent homicide. His trial resumes Tuesday. If convicted, he faces the potential of incarceration and dishonorable discharge.

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