The Marine Corps demotes Robert Richards from Sergeant to Corporal. He pleads guilty to failing to obey a lawful order and violating Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He avoids discharge and keeps medical benefits. Raechel Richards, Richard’s wife, on why they chose not to fight it:
We’d rather take the guarantee of preserving his medical benefits than risking it all just to clear his name. We feel as if dragging this out any longer will just put the Marine Corps in a bad light, and we’d like to prevent that.