A U.S. Marine Corps veteran accused of attacking a Syracuse-area officer blames the attack on emotional trauma from his wartime service, but military officials say he never left the country while serving as a food service specialist.
Local media reports that 33-year-old Danon Edwards of Syracuse was charged last week with assaulting a village of North Syracuse officer at the scene of a May 12 traffic accident involving Edwards.
Officials say Edwards punched the officer, breaking his jaw, before fleeing.
Edwards' lawyer said his client's military service from 1999 to 2003 left him emotionally scarred and unable to work. The Marines said they had no records of Edwards being deployed overseas.
Edwards is free on $50,000 bail. A call to his lawyer Tuesday wasn't initially returned.