By Neil Torquiano
Channel 2 News
5:24 PM AKST, January 23, 2013
An infantryman soldier from South Carolina and stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has been charged in connection with the deadly Christmas shooting of Private First Class Grant Wise.
23-year-old Spc. Marshall D. Drake was charged Tuesday with failing to obey regulations and the negligent killing of 25-year-old Pfc. Wise, according to Army officials.
Wise was allegedly found dead from a gunshot wound in Drake’s barracks on Christmas morning.
Spc. Drake is accused of violating US Army Alaska Regulation 190-1, paragraph W-4 by wrongfully storing his personally owned firearm and ammunition in his assigned barracks room.
The military also said that Drake violated US Army Alaska Regulation 190-1, paragraph W-2 by wrongfully failing to disclose and register his personally owned firearm upon entry JBER.
Drake, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, is an infantryman assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. He joined the Army in Oct. 2009 and was assigned to JBER in March 2010, and served in Afghanistan from Dec. 2011 to Oct. 2012.
The military’s Criminal Investigation Division continues to investigate the case.
A memorial was held last week for Pfc. Grant Wise, of Fairpoint, New York, who served in the same infantry with Drake.
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