One of the occupational hazards of being a burglar in the greater Jacksonville, North Carolina area is that you have a fair chance of selecting the home of someone who works at Camp Lejeune. That means that the occupants are trained to do two things: chew bubblegum and kick ass. And they’re usually all out of bubblegum. Looks like Maurice Skinner and Diego Everette chose poorly and came up snake eyes when they picked a burglary target over the weekend . . .
As jdnews.com reports, the leathernecks in question came home at 2:00 am Sunday to find, well, insurgents in their apartment.
Jacksonville police and Naval investigators continued Monday their probe of a weekend shooting in which two Camp Lejeune Marines killed two local men who had broken into the Marines’ home.
Three adult residents of 107 Country Club returned home at 2 a.m. Sunday, interrupting a burglary attempt by Skinner and Everette who attacked them, (JPD Chief Mike) Yaniero said Monday during a press conference.
During the fight Skinner and Everette were killed, and later pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Skinner’s and Everette’s next of kin aren’t happy about what happened, either.
Skinner’s family and friends said they believed Skinner and Everett knew the men who killed them and that there was much more to the story than a simple breaking and entering gone bad. Those friends said they knew Skinner and Everett where not angels, but also felt they didn’t deserve to die.
Skinner served nearly two years in prison, being released in November 2009, on a conviction of assault inflicting serious bodily injury. Everette has spent more than a total of three years in prison, last being released in May of 2009, on convictions of larceny, forgery, resisting police, hit and run, and driving while impaired, according to the N.C. Department of Correction.
The local PD indicates that the three resident aren’t likely to be charged based on North Carolina’s Castle Doctrine.
The state’s law, updated Dec. 1, basically says a person can use deadly force to protect their home, vehicle or workplace.
“Your home is essentially your castle,” (District Attorney Ernie) Lee said. “And you have no duty to retreat from your castle.”