Daniel P. Morgan, the Navy medic responsible for clearing San Clemente
High School classrooms on the first day of school after Camp Pendleton officials discovered he'd scribbled bomb fantasies involving the campus, was reportedly sentenced Tuesday to four
months in the brig–to go with the 137 days he has already served.
At a special court martial hearing in the base's military court, the 22-year-old pleaded guilty to one charge of unauthorized absence and one charge of
San Clemente Times reports the corpsman's parents, Ronald and Dolores Morgan, flew in from New Caney, Texas, to testify on their son's behalf.
As part of the plea, Morgan must forfeit $3,976 of pay, and he was demoted to the
lowest pay grade.
Morgan reportedly apologized to the Navy, the Marines and the community of San Clemente for his actions, which prompted responses from the military branches as well as the FBI, U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the
Orange County Sheriff's Department, a regional counter-terrorism team,
the Capistrano Unified School District, a regional school team called
SMART and the sheriff's SWAT team and bomb
That was because, after Morgan failed to report for duty on Sept. 7 after a
four-day leave, his barracks were searched and a journal was discovered that indicated he had placed an “incendiary
device” at San
Clemente High. That led to an immediate lockdown that had the school's 3,200
students and 180 staffers moved to the football field and later the gym.
No bomb was found after a five-hour search, Morgan turned himself in to the camp hospital that afternoon and the school resumed normal operations the next day.