RALEIGH, N.C. – A U.S. Marine who vanished a decade ago in Iraq has been found guilty of desertion charges related to his disappearances there and in Lebanon.
The judge, Marine Maj. Nicholas Martz, gave his verdict Monday in the bench trial of Cpl. Wassef Hassoun.
Martz found that Hassoun was guilty of deserting in Iraq in 2004 and then deserting again in 2005 by fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S.
Hassoun was also found guilty of causing the loss of his service pistol.
Sentencing is expected later this week.
Prosecutors argued during trial that Hassoun made preparations to flee his base in Fallujah in 2004 and foreshadowed his actions by threatening to leave for Lebanon.
Defense attorneys maintained Hassoun was kidnapped by insurgents in 2004.