Soldier from Mount Pleasant charged in fatal shooting

A soldier from Mount Pleasant has been charged in a shooting death on an Alaska base.

Army Spc. Marshall D. Drake, 23, was charged Tuesday by military authorities in the Christmas morning killing of Pfc. Grant W. Wise, 25.

Attempts to reach Drake’s local family members were unsuccessful. A Wando High School official confirmed that Drake was a student there. Other records list him as member of the school’s Class of 2007.

“He was just a wonderful young man all the way around,” said Sheila Sparks, guidance director at Wando.

According to the military, the two were stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, near Anchorage, where Wise was found dead Dec. 25 from a gunshot wound in Drake’s barracks.

The allegations against Drake include involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide and failure to obey regulations.

Drake also is accused of keeping his own personal firearm and ammo in his barracks room but never disclosing or registering the gun.

In Alaska, Army spokesman William Coppernoll said the case is still under investigation, but confirmed that Drake at the moment is not in any sort of pre-trial confinement.

“He’s present for duty,” Coppernoll said during a phone interview.

Drake’s assignment is as an infantryman with the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at the base. He joined the Army in October 2009, the military said, and later graduated from basic training at Fort Benning, Ga.

He was assigned to Elmendorf-Richardson in March 2010, and deployed to Afghanistan from December 2011 to October 2012.

Wise was from Fairport, N.Y., and was part of Drake’s unit.

Reach Schuyler Kropf at 937-5551.

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