February 20, 2020
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Man who fatally shot Maine Marine at South Carolina base found guilty

Courtesy of Standish Fire-EMS via CBS 13
Courtesy of Standish Fire-EMS via CBS 13
Cpl. Tyler Wallingford, 21, of Standish.

A Marine from Ohio was found guilty in a military court of fatally shooting a Standish man at a South Carolina base more than nine months ago.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Cpl. Spencer Daily, 21, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and willful discharge of a firearm under circumstances to endanger a life during a Jan. 6 general court martial.

He was sentenced to 69 months of confinement, the Observer reports.

Daily fatally shot Cpl. Tyler Wallingford, 21, of Standish about 9:30 p.m. April 12, 2019, at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. Both Marines were aircraft ordnance technicians assigned to an F-35B training squadron known as Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501.

Daily reportedly told Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigators that he had pointed the gun at Wallingford while drinking and playing video games and accidentally shot him, according to the Observer.

Wallingford volunteered with the Standish Fire Department, as other members of his family had.

“Tyler was an incredible person who loved adventures. He was a firefighter in Standish and Beaufort, South Carolina. He loved the outdoors and loved skydiving. He was a true adventure seeker,” his aunt Amy Hansen told CBS affiliate WGME shortly after his death last April.

 


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