Officials aboard Camp Lejeune released a statement to The Daily News in regards to the two Marines recently charged in Idaho with federal weapons charges.
The statement reads, “We can confirm that Liam Collins, 21, and Jordan Duncan, 25, are former Marines. The Marine Corps will continue to assist the investigating authorities in any way we can. The serious allegations are not a reflection of the Marine Corps, do not reflect the oath every Marine takes to support and defend the constitution, and do not align with our core values of honor, courage, and commitment.”
Both Collins and Duncan’s last duty station was at Camp Lejeune as Collins’ was recently discharged Sept. 21. Officials also mentioned Collins’ premature discharge is indicative of the fact that the character of his service was incongruent with Marine Corps’ expectations and standards.
Duncan was discharged on Sept. 8, 2018 with the rank of Corporal and was a cryptologic language analysis.
Due to the associated administrative processes, further details are not releasable.
Three men, two of which are Marines formerly stationed aboard Camp Lejeune, have been charged with several federal crimes in regards to illegally manufacturing weapons.
Liam Montgomery Collins, 21, Jordan Duncan, 25, and Paul James Kryscuk, 35, all recently of Boise, Idaho, are charged with conspiracy to unlawfully manufacture, possess and distribute various weapons, ammunition and suppressors, according to a news release from The United States Dept. of Justice.
The three men also face additional charges for interstate transportation of firearms without a license.
Collins and Duncan are listed in the release as former Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune. The Daily News has reached out to the base for their service history.
According to a Nov. 2019 Newsweek report from James LaPorta and Asher Stockler, Collins served as a rifleman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. The story indicates Collins wrote racist remarks in “a now-defunct neo-Nazi and white supremacist message board”.
Beginning in May 2019, Collins allegedly made multiple money transfers from his personal account to Kryscuk in order to buy firearms, which included a 9mm pistol and suppressor, along with a short barrel rifle.
With the money, Kryscuk is accused of buying the items from vendors to manufacture the firearms and suppressors. The court documents also state Kryscuk used an alias in order to mail the manufactured weapons from Idaho to Jacksonville.
Kryscuk also shipped the short barrel rifle, not registered as required by the federal government, to Collins. Duncan was aware of and participated in the conspiracy, according to the release.
Duncan and Kryscuk’s most recent court appearance was on Tuesday in United States District Court for the District of Idaho, however the release did not say when Collins’s next court date was scheduled.
If convicted, Collins and Kryscuk could recieve the maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, while Duncan faces five years for his part.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Boise Police Department, the United States Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, are investigating the case.
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