Felix was convicted of eight counts of failure to obey a lawful general order and three counts of maltreatment in connection with ordering a Muslim recruit into an industrial dryer, turning it on and making other recruits drink chocolate milk until they vomited. He also punched, kicked and slapped recruits.
A prosecutor in the case, Marine Corps Colonel Jeffrey Groharing, said there was no way to justify singling out a Muslim recruit for such abuse.
“Think of what that recruit went through at the hands of the accused for no reason other than he was a Muslim,” said Groharing. “There’s no training value in that — that’s a hate crime.”