The secretary of the Navy has rejected a plea to reduce the sentence of a Manomet, Mass., Marine serving an 11-year prison sentence for killing an Iraqi man in 2006.

The secretary of the Navy has rejected a plea to reduce the sentence of a Marine serving an 11-year prison sentence for killing an Iraqi man in 2006.


Navy Secretary Ray Mabus also ordered four others convicted in aiding the kidnapping and murder removed from the military, a Navy spokesman said.


Pvt. Lawrence Hutchins III, of Manomet, Mass., was the only defendant convicted of murder in the case. He is also the only person still serving time.


Three Marines and a Navy corpsman were initially allowed to stay on active duty after serving short sentences for their role in the incident in the village of Hamdania. Three other defendants left the military after their prison terms ended.


Capt. Beci Brenton, a Navy spokesman, said Mabus reviewed the case for clemency at the request of two Congressmen, including U.S. Rep. William Delahunt. Mabus completed his review, denying clemency Tuesday.


Brenton said Mabus determined the actions of the men were inconsistent with the values of the Department of Navy and degraded the service of the thousands of Marines and sailors who have served honorably under similar difficult circumstances.


Hutchins is being held in the brig at Camp Pendleton in California, while his conviction is appealed. Brenton said Hutchins would return to complete his sentence at Fort Leavenworth, in Kansas.