Two U.S. Marines, arrested for tossing two tear gas and smoke canisters into a Capitol Hill bar frequented by Homosexuals, have pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court to a misdemeanor charge of destruction of property.
The U.S. Attorney's office has asked that the two men be given prison sentences and $1,000 fines each to help deter other prospective forays by marines on the Equus, a bar at 639 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
Pfc. David H. Jenkins, 18, and Pfc. William J. Davidson, 23, could be sentenced to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine each when Judge Frank E. Schwelb sentences them Sept. 14.
The two pleaded guilty Friday to the misdemeanor charge to avoid facing trial on more serious felony charges that could carry penalties on conviction of several years in prison, according to a sentencing memorandum filed with the court.
The June 13 incident forced about 50 patrons to evacuate the bar. More than $5,000 in damages was done, according to the owners of the bar.
Prosecutors said the case "is the court's opportunity to communicate to both marines and gays that individuals will be held accountable for any crimes committed."