VIDEO: CNMI Report – 5 Year Sentence for Killer of Rota Marine


Guam – The family of a slain U.S. Marine from Rota feels that justice wasn’t served when Cpl. William Dalton was found guilty of the lesser offense of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to only five years in prison.

In a report from the Saipan Tribune, the father of late Corporal Dave Michael Maliksi Santos believes Dalton should have been found guilty of second-degree murder, which carries a sentence of 20 years to life imprisonment

David M. Santos said the trial and the light sentence just “reopened the wound” of his son’s brutal death in the hands of a fellow Marine.

The then 21-year-old Santos was stabbed in the neck on July 16, 2010, by Dalton in Marjah, Helmand Province in Afghanistan, where both were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Aside from the five-year sentence, Dalton also forfeited his rank, pay, and status in the U.S. Marine Corps.