Marines implicated in attempted armed robbery headed for discharge

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comDecember 24, 2013 

Three Marines charged in connection with a Beaufort armed-robbery attempt last month that left another Marine dead are being dismissed from the corps, public affairs officers for two local bases confirmed Monday.

The three Marines -- Pfc. Brandi Toniqua Hardy, 20; Sierra Danielle Powers, 19; and Pfc. Kelsey Terrell Dent, 18 -- have been "administratively separated," a process by which Marines can be discharged for misconduct and crimes. Those proceedings began after they were arrested in connection with a Nov. 23 robbery attempt that left Pfc. Jerrit Timberson, 20, dead of a gunshot wound.

Dent, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, began his administrative process Dec. 6 and received an other-than-honorable discharge, said MCAS Beaufort public affairs officer Capt. Jordan Cochran. Dent was charged Nov. 23 with armed robbery. A criminal conspiracy charge was added Nov. 25.

Marines who receive an other-than-honorable discharge are not eligible for post-service benefits, according to Marine Corps regulations.

Authorities say Dent and Timberson, who also was stationed at MCAS Beaufort, attempted to rob a Beaufort drug dealer with fake guns during a marijuana deal Nov. 23. The dealer, Beaufort resident Karl Lyttle, 21, pulled a real gun and shot and killed Timberson, according to police reports.

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island public affairs officer 1st. Lt. Jean Durham said Hardy and Powers, both stationed at the base, began their administrative separation processes Nov. 26 -- one day before they were both charged with criminal conspiracy -- and also received other-than-honorable discharges. Hardy's process concluded Dec. 19 and is no longer a part of the Marine Corps, Durham said. No timetable for Powers' discharge was available, she added.

Timberson's wife, Champagne White-Timberson, 19, also was charged with criminal conspiracy Nov. 25, according to police records. Lyttle was arrested on two marijuana offenses Nov. 26, but has not been charged in Timberson's death. More charges could be added in the robbery attempt Jan. 23, when the case is presented to a grand jury, 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office spokesman Daniel Brownstein said.

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