Former Marine Cleared in Deaths of Two Iraqis Plans Run for Congress in NC

January 28, 2010 - 6:21 PM
A former Marine cleared of wrongdoing in the deaths of two Iraqis is running for Congress in North Carolina.
Wilmington, N.C. (AP) - A former Marine cleared of wrongdoing in the deaths of two Iraqis is running for Congress in North Carolina.
 
Ilario Pantano announced his candidacy Thursday in Wilmington. He is seeking the Republican nomination. The 35-year-old wants to challenge Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre for North Carolina's 7th Congressional District.
 
Pantano shot two men in Mahmudiyah, Iraq, in 2004 and hung a warning sign on their corpses. He claimed self defense and a Marine general decided not to bring him to trial.
 
Pantano lives in Wilmington and has worked as a New Hanover County deputy sheriff since 2006.