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Marines charged in attempted armed robbery will be dismissed from Marine Corps

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

The three Marines arrested and charged in the Nov. 22 armed robbery that left one man dead in Beaufort are being dismissed from the Marine Corps.

PFC Jerrit Timberson died as a result of a botched marijuana deal near Hookstra Drive when he and another marine tried to rob the drug dealer.  

Two of the three Marines have received what's known as an "other than honorable" discharge from the Marine Corps while the criminal case makes its way through the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office.

PFC Kelsey Dent, an Illinois native, faces armed robbery charges for his involvement in the death of 20-year-old Jerrit Timberson.

On Nov. 22, Beaufort Police say the two conspired to rob a drug dealer at a house off Hookstra Drive using fake guns.

However, the dealer pulled out a pistol and shot Timberson several times. He later died from his injuries.

Dent posted a $150,000 bond on Nov. 26 from the Beaufort County Detention Center.

MCAS Beaufort confirmed he was "administratively separated" from the Marine Corps on Dec. 6 with an "other than-honorable discharge."

Police also arrested and charged Timberson's wife, Champagne White-Timberson, with criminal conspiracy. She posted a $125,000 bond on the same day as Dent.

PFC Sierra Powers and Brandi Hardy also face criminal conspiracy charges.

As of Dec. 19, Hardy is no longer with the Marine Corps while Powers is still in the process of being discharged.

Neither MCAS Beaufort or Parris Island would not comment on camera but issued these statements:

"MCAS Beaufort remains committed to the partnership with local law enforcement and the community."

"The Marines' alleged actions do not reflect the Marine Corps' values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Marines are held to a high standard and we expect all Marines to uphold those standards."

The criminal case is scheduled to go before a grand jury next month.

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