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