Soldier charged

Published December 17, 2004 9:39PM (EST)

This is what desperate looks like:

"A soldier who allegedly had a relative shoot him so he wouldn't have to return to Iraq could face military discipline.

"Army Spc. Marquise J. Roberts, of Hinesville, Ga., suffered a minor wound Tuesday to his left leg from a .22-caliber pistol, police said. He was treated at a hospital, then arrested after he and a relative allegedly admitted making up a story about the shooting.

"After giving differing accounts, 'they just broke down and confessed that they concocted the whole story so he didn't have to go back to the war,' police Lt. James Clark said Thursday. Police charged Roberts with filing a false report and charged a cousin, Roland Fuller, with aggravated assault and other charges."

By Geraldine Sealey

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