NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Saturday, February 27, 2016, 12:01 AM
Former Sergeant Joseph Chamblin, one of the Marines videoed urinating on dead Taliban bodies, has foiled an alleged murder-for-hire plot by his girlfriend against her ex.
A former Marine who left the armed forces in disgrace for peeing on a Taliban soldier’s body has been lauded for stopping his girlfriend’s alleged murder-for-hire plot.
Sniper Joseph Chamblin was one of four soldiers seen in a video from 2011 that showed him urinating on a dead combatant while in Afghanistan, which ultimately led to a court martial and an honorable discharge.
He returned home to Tennessee, and told the Daily Beast that he had a construction and remodeling business.
Last April he started dating a fellow former soldier who served two tours in Iraq, Laura Buckingham.
As the pair grew closer and Chamblin moved in, he learned that the 29-year-old beauty was embroiled in a custody battle with her former boyfriend over their 3-year-old son.
Police said the former sergeant received repeated requests to help her make the ex “go away” using his connections in the military, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Laura Buckingham, a 29-year-old former solider herself, was in a bitter custody battle with the father of her child and reportedly said she wanted him to “go away.”
After becoming increasingly worried at her persistence, Chamblin recorded some of his conversations with his girlfriend and handed them over to police.
His aid to investigators ultimately led to a sting operation where a member of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation poised as a killer earlier this month and received at least part of a $ 30,000 fee for the murder of Buckingham’s ex.
Brad Sutherland, the intended target of the scheme who lives in the Louisville area, said he was shocked when he heard what happened, and had always had a “civil relationship” with his former girlfriend.
He told WLKY that he had to stage his own death in a parking lot so that authorities could show his ex that her plan had worked.
Sutherland currently has custody of his and Buckingham’s son.
Chamblin was one of four Marines seen in a video where the soldiers peed on the bodies of dead Taliban insurgents.
Her relative told the Daily Beast that she had “very bad PTSD” that led to suicide attempts and had become more isolated since dating Chamblin.
Late last month she shared a cryptic post on Facebook with the quotation, “Sometimes, the person you’d take a bullet for ends up being the one behind the gun.”
She is charged with intent to commit first-degree murder and is currently in jail on $ 150,000 bail.
Chamblin wrote a book about his notoriety called “Into Infamy: A Marine Sniper’s War.”
In 2013 he told the Military Times of the urination incident, “I didn’t see anything wrong with it. I would do it again. It wasn’t like we had some random Afghans laying there. They were insurgents, they had weapons and they were trying to kill us.”