Gage Shriver asks judge to replace prison sentence with Marine Corps enlistment

| December 15, 2017 | 41 Comments

In Claremore, Oklahoma, Gage Shriver, 21-years-old asked a judge to substitute a stint in the Marine Corps for his prison sentence when he was convicted of a hit-and-run charge that cost one girl, Noelle New, her life and left another, Maranda Talley, critically injured.

Gage Shriver made the request to dodge prison time during a pre-sentence investigation report obtained by KOKI.

“I’m not the type of person that would leave those girls there for dead,” he said in the report. “I ask that you allow me to join the Marine Corps.”

New’s mother, Brandy Whitmire, said she was shocked to hear his request.

“So, yeah, I was just kind of shocked and I thought, oh, so you just want a little slap on the wrist,” she said. “It’s a lifetime of not being held accountable.”

Dakota Shriver was convicted of second-degree murder and Gage Shriver was convicted of first-degree manslaughter.

Yeah, that doesn’t happen anymore, if it ever happened for a case which cost someone their life. But, nice try, gumball. I’m pretty sure that the Marine Corps wouldn’t want his stank ass anyway.

The brothers each got 25 years in The Big House.

Category: Dumbass Bullshit

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  1. Deplorable B Woodman says:

    They’re so dumbass that they give dumbasses a bad name.
    If they were ever to be allowed to join any military, they’re the reason Friendly Fire (which isn’t) was invented.

  2. Vexatious Defendant says:

    The USMC has never had and significant issues with recruiting goals. Therefore, it only makes sense that the judge approve this reasonable request. Brilliant chess move by the murderer.

    I can see it now, USMC recruiter says, “hell, let’s take the murderer over the high school football star with rocket high SAT scores, it will be great for us and murderer”.

    Rot in jail killer.

  3. IDC SARC says:

    “asked a judge to substitute a stint in the Marine Corps for his prison sentence”

    Oh Hellz Naw

  4. Forest Green says:

    He can be a pop-up target on the live fire range.

  5. FuzeVT says:

    My crew here in Quantico is pretty well behaved but we do have criminals every now and then – more in the larger unit to which I belong.

    We don’t need more.

    Let’s see. . . 4 years of being in the service free to come and go as you please when not on duty (or other trouble) or 25 years in the clink.

    F you, man.

  6. Ex-PH2 says:

    I think it’s a great idea! Give him and his idiot brother training, send them right to the front line of the battlefield in the Middle East, make sure they have enough stuff on them to go ‘boom!’ if they get hit by live fire, and plenty of 5-year-old MREs for food. They could be – well, HEROES!! or something.

    Or not.

  7. DataDawgDVX says:

    I rather doubt the military, any branch, accepts felons like that anymore. In the Vietnam era, this could be done, but not now.

    • Mike Kozlowski says:

      …Yeah, that was one of the FIRST things they beat us over the head with when I went to the USAF Recruiter School in 1993: “We can write all kinds of waivers for criminal offenses, but YOU WILL NOT EVER UNDER ANY CONCEIVABLE CIRCUMSTANCES enlist anyone who was released/probationed on the CONDITION of joining the USAF.”

      And needless to say, we still had recruiters who tried to do it and people who tried to pull it off. Best part was that once every few months, I’d get a call from the Recruiting Command enforcers at Randolph claiming to be a ‘local attorney’ or some other poor misunderstood soul who could Turn Their Lives Around (TM) – or those of their clients – if I would look the other way just this once. Led to some truly funny stories and contributed to making that tour such a painfully surreal experience.

    • Carlton G. Long says:

      I heard “join the army or go to jail” enough times in cadences, of course. Along with the maddening news that some fellow named “Jody” was living the dream at my expense.

  8. NHSparky says:

    If I were that judge I’d probably have doubled the original 25-year sentence just for the sheer stupidity of the request.

  9. HT3 '83-'87 says:

    Dude…serving in the USMC is privilege not some sort of punishment. Marines may joke about being one of ‘Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children’ and others may call them jar-heads. Don’t think your sorry-ass could stand up the to tradition of honor & sacrifice needed where the title United States Marine. Have fun in the “pokey” numb nuts!!!

  10. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    “The brothers each got 25 years in The Big House.”

    Enjoy the cockmeat sammiches… BYTCH!

  11. Slick Goodlin says:

    Military or Jail?

    Here’s the straight scoop on the old cliché by Military Blogger and Vet Rod Powers:

    “Many Vietnam and Korean War veterans have heard tales of fellow soldiers who were in the Army (or other branches of the military) as an alternative to prison. Stories abound of military members who were told by a judge, “join the military, or go to jail.”

    Can a Criminal Court Judge Order Someone to Enlist?
    But can American courts really do that?

    Can a criminal court judge sentence a person to military service as an alternative to jail?

    Can a prosecutor mandate someone to join the military as an alternative to criminal prosecution?

    While a judge or prosecutor can do whatever they please (within the limits of the law for their jurisdiction), it doesn’t mean the military branches are required to accept such people and, in general, they don’t.

    Here’s how the separate branches address the issue:

    Army: The Army’s Recruiting Regulation, 601-210, paragraph 4-8b: states that any “applicant who, as a condition for any civil conviction or adverse disposition or any other reason through a civil or criminal court, is ordered or subjected to a sentence that implies or imposes enlistment into the Armed Forces of the United States is not eligible for enlistment.”

    Air Force: The Air Force Recruiting Regulation, AETCI 36-2002, table 1-1, lines 7 and 8, makes an applicant ineligible for enlistment if they are “released from restraint, or civil suit, or charges on the condition of entering military service, if the restraint, civil suit, or criminal charges would be reinstated if the applicant does not enter military service.”

    Marines: The Marine Corps Recruiting Regulation, MCO P1100.72B, Chapter 3, Section 2, Part H, Paragraph 12 states: “Applicants may not enlist as an alternative to criminal prosecution, indictment, incarceration, parole, probation, or another punitive sentence. They are ineligible for enlistment until the original assigned sentence would have been completed.”

    Coast Guard: This branch’s enlistment prohibition is contained in the Coast Guard Recruiting Manual, M1100.2D, Table 2-A, and simply states “An application may be denied when, based on articulable facts, it is determined that accession would not be in the best interest of the Coast Guard.”

    The Navy and Punitive Sentences.

    Interestingly, the Navy Recruiting Manual, COMNAVCRUITCOMINST 1130.8F, does not appear to contain specific provisions which would make such applicants ineligible for enlistment. But as a general protocol, the Navy will not accept applicants for service as an alternative to criminal prosecution or another punitive sentence.

    Military Recruiter Participation in Criminal Proceedings

    All of the military’s recruiting regulations prohibit recruiters from becoming involved in criminal proceedings for any military applicant.

    Under no circumstances may recruiting personnel to intervene or appear on behalf of prospective applicants pending civil action with court authorities. A Civil action is defined as awaiting trial, awaiting sentence, or on supervised conditional probation/parole. Waiver of this restriction is not authorized.

    Here are some examples where a military recruiter could not intervene:

    Recruiting personnel may not appear in court or before probation or parole authorities under any circumstances on behalf of any applicant.

    Informal conversations with defense attorneys or probation or parole officers must be limited to explaining the military’s recruitment policies.

    Recruiting personnel may give no opinions or suggestions to enable an unqualified applicant to enlist. They must allow the normal course of civil action to occur without assistance.”

    • 26Limabeans says:

      “Many Vietnam and Korean War veterans have heard tales of fellow soldiers who were in the Army (or other branches of the military) as an alternative to prison.”

      Some of us even have first hand knowledge of such non existent cases.

    • rgr769 says:

      A friend’s son had a DUI and wanted to enlist in the Navy. They would not accept him until his probation was vacated after he had completed all his sentence conditions/requirements.

  12. USMC Steve says:

    My only comment is to the mother. The Marine Corps would not be a slap on the wrist. It is by no means a cake walk.

    The Corps does not take convicted felons though.

  13. OldManchu says:

    It’s the Less Brothers……

    Use and Worth

  14. 26Limabeans says:

    I hope he gets run over and left for dead.
    But that’s just me.

  15. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Meh, Bubba & Thor will accept them into their cellblock harem!

  16. Mick says:


    Not a chance.

  17. Just An Old Dog says:

    While the old stories many Vets tell about “If I didn’t go into the service I might have ended up in jail” are feasible, as soon as I hear ” The Judge gave me a choice, the military or jail” My BS meter pegs the needle.

  18. Graybeard says:

    Gage and Dakota Shriver, hit and run murderers, are not worthy to clean out the Marines’ latrines with their tongues.
    Gage and Dakota Shriver, hit and run murderers, should be placed in solitary with images of their victims on every wall.
    Gage and Dakota Shriver, hit and run murderers, should be beat daily with horsewhips every day of their incarceration.
    Gage and Dakota Shriver, hit and run murderers, can only dream of being real men.
    Gage and Dakota Shriver, hit and run murderers, are sorry-adz losers.

    Gage and Dakota Shriver, hit and run murderers, have the wrong impression of the military – and can never hope to be the men the women in our armed forces are.

  19. Martinjmpr says:

    Back in the days when enlistment in the military was a common rite of passage for young men (and when the draft was in effect) I would imagine that if a young guy got into some minor trouble, the judge might suspend the sentence on the grounds that the boy enlist in the service, if for no other reason than to get him out of the town he’s in. And of course there’s always the thought that “a little discipline and structure will straighten him up.”

    But we’re talking minor, stupid-kid type infractions: Underage drinking or public intoxication, fighting, petty larceny, etc.

    I never heard any credible report of anyone who committed a felony being offered enlistment for the obvious reason that people who commit felonies in the civilian world are likely to do so in the military as well.

    My dad was a platoon leader (commissioned through ROTC) in Germany in the late 50’s – early 60’s. He said that the enlisted guys there often got into trouble but in most cases, the guys had been troublemakers in the civilian world before they enlisted, too. Courts-martial were pretty common (as an officer, my dad often had to pull court martial duty) and many installations had confinement facilities for minor offenders.

    In any case, all that disappeared with the end of the draft and the all-volunteer military anyway. Ever since I enlisted in 1980, the military would much rather avoid the troublemakers altogether, or kick them to the curb at the first opportunity, than to try and “rehabilitate” a minor criminal.

  20. GDContractor says:

    How about a compromise? Make him wear a safety belt, knee pads, and elbow pads… IN PRISON.

  21. Bernie Hackett says:

    My NCOIC in th RVN told us about the day he and his entry group were at Ft. Sheridan, waiting to go to Basic. They asked the group if anyone had been convicted of a felony? ( I remember that, when I was in a similar bunch) This guy in the back puts his hand up. “What?” says the NCO. “Is rape a felony?” Ken said the guy disappeared, quickly.

  22. HMC Ret says:

    It’s an honor to don this nation’s uniform(s) and serve Her in any capacity. It should not be a relief valve for people who can’t function in society.

    Let’s see … four years as a member of the highly respected USMC, or … 25 years in the slammer. Alex, I’ll take ‘no brainer’ for $1000.

  23. Stick Stickly says:

    He can enlist in the “Man Corps” in prison. I hear they are always recruiting for fresh fish.

  24. Ex-PH2 says:

    To be frank, I don’t think either of these two drips of the paternal faucet could have survived 10 weeks of women’s boot camp in 1967.

  25. C141FltEng says:

    Kudos from the Fighting 344th USAFRS to Mike Kozlowski for reminding me how a little dirt bag scammed both me and a small town Texas judge when I was an AF recruiter back in the 80s. This kid walks into my office and tells me he is ready to sign on the dotted line. Says he’s “hot to trot” and willing take any AFSC as long as he can wear Air Force blue. Needless to say, I slam dunked him up to the MEPS a few days later. The CC was happy; the Flight Sup was happy; I was happy. I made goal early for the month and was looking for a good spot on the wall to hang my newest production award when my Flight Sup gets a call from the SLNCO at the MEPS. It had taken a few days to get a response on the police checks for this kid (hey, this was circa 1985), but sure enough, there was his name on the latest NCIC report. To make a long story short, the kid had been busted for DUI, and the judge had given him the opportunity to go to jail or enlist. So the kid enlisted. He just forgot to mention to me or anyone in the MEPS that he had a pending court case, that’s all. The kid took his DEP contract to the judge, and the judge dismissed the charges against him. The kid laughed at me when called to find out what happened. He knew that once the SLNCO got the police report, his job reservation would be cancelled and he would be DEP discharged. The little asshole just wanted a DEP contract to show the judge, that’s all. What he didn’t know (or didn’t care about) was that I spent about an hour in the Flight Sup’s office getting a little training on “applicant screening”, which culminated with me extracting a Size 10 Corfam shoe out out my ass and a suggestion that I get my high school folders out and start “dialing for dollars,” because, as my boss pointed out, I had an accession credit to make up. Fortunately,I still made goal that month–and I still remember the kid’s name. Karma is a bitch, Mr. Wolf.

  26. Rosalee Adams says:

    YES, that is what the Corps needs………someone who
    opts to enter service ONLY to escape prison time for vehicular homicide and assault
    Let him rot in prison where he belongs

  27. PLASTIC DUCK says:

    “I’m not the type of person that would leave those girls there for dead,” he said. But he is the type of person who would leave them badly maimed. I guess he would have got less jail time if he didn’t do the runner.
    Look at it this way and regardless of your regulations, he couldn’t man up and did the runner instead. Coward stike one.
    They had their mother help to conceal evidence of the crime in the hope they could get away with it. Coward strike two.
    They pleaded not guilty and the girls mother was forced to testify. Coward strke three.
    Couldn’t face the jail term so pulls that one. Coward strike four.
    Would the services want a confirmed serial coward among them? No way.

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