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3 Marines charged in S.C. robbery that left 1 Marine dead

Pfc. Kelsey Dent, 18, is among three Marines charged in connection with an attempted robbery that left one Marine dead WRBL

Updated 3:03 p.m.

Three Marines have been charged in connection with an attempted robbery that ended with one Marine shot to death in Beaufort, S.C.

According to the Beaufort Police Department, the incident took place on the evening of November 22. Pfc. Jerrit Timberson, 20, and Pfc. Kelsey Dent, 18, both stationed at Marine Corps Air Station at Beaufort, allegedly arranged to purchase marijuana from 21-year-old Karl Brather Lyttle.

During the transaction, police say that the two Marines brandished fake pistols, apparently prompting Lyttle to pull out a real gun and shoot Timberson, who died at the hospital.

Dent is charged with armed robbery and Timberson’s 19-year-old wife, Champagne White-Timberson, has also been charged with criminal conspiracy in the incident. Two other Marines, Pfc. Sierra Danielle Powers, 18, and Pfc. Brandi Toniqua Hardy, 20, both stationed at Parris Island, have also been charged with criminal conspiracy.

A spokesman at Parris Island told CBS News' Crimesider that Powers and Hardy are both being processed for discharge, but that a determination had not yet been made regarding the characterization of their service, honorable or dishonorable.

  • Julia Dahl

    Julia Dahl writes about crime and justice for CBSNews.com

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