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N.C. Marine corporal charged with attacking his wife

Posted December 22, 2008
Updated December 23, 2008

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— Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown says a Marine corporal has been charged with attempted murder after his wife was attacked with a hammer.

The sheriff's office told The Daily News of Jacksonville that Cpl. Jonathan Matthew Gould, 24, was charged Saturday. Gould was being under a $1 million bond on Tuesday.

Erin Gould was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with life-threatening head injuries. she remained in critical condition Tuesday morning.

A nursing supervisor could not immediately provide an updated condition Monday morning, but her uncle John Morelli, of Ohio, told the newspaper Sunday that she was stable and responding to treatment.

Investigators say Jonathan Gould called police to say he had been knocked unconscious when he returned home from a late-night job and awoke to find his wife had been attacked.

This year, advocacy groups have attempted to bring attention to what they see as an alarming rate of domestic violence in military families. In the cases of the three servicewomen killed in North Carolina this year, authorities charged two military husbands and one other soldier with whom one victim had a relationship.

In a case from last December, a Marine corporal from Jacksonville, Cesar Armando Laurean, 21, is charged with killing a pregnant comrade who had accused him of raping her. Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach was beaten to death, and her charred remains were found in January in Laurean's back yard. Onslow County authorities are attempting to extradite Laurean from Mexico. He is fighting that.


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  • juliannem2003 Dec 23, 2008

    skidkid 269 nice try to explain it away using jealousy as a reason. Not that it's any of your business, he has been back from iraq for over a year. they moved to NC together after he came back, he's been stationed there since. Erin is NOT a party girl, so there goes your theory.

  • juliannem2003 Dec 23, 2008

    Beside the obvious tragedy of this story, there is another tragedy. The tragedy that every post on here and I mean every single one is concerned with his job (marine), who's to blame (the military, society, the education system, society) who should be responsible for teaching right from wrong (the same groups as the last question including parents) PTSD, mental illness, attacking Erin's character, and of course the concern of this getting too much attention. But, what not one post mentions the fact that MY NIECE IS IN A HOSPITAL BED, FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE, A LIFE THAT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME! No one expresses concern for her or our family, what her mother (my sister) is going thru. Gee, and you wonder what's wrong with society...

  • ljcs357 Dec 22, 2008


    You hit it right on the head. I'm a military brat but I lived on Camp Lejeune Base for 18yrs and that's what I observed. When the guys leave for war or even go on float/cruise...things usually aren't the same when they come back

  • illegals--GO HOME Dec 22, 2008 said that well. I worked as a LEO in a military area for many years and they were no worse than the civilian population, you just had more reports because they were more of them population-wise! It is sad that it is making the news so much lately and I hope it does cause more to maybe ask for help or get out of abusive relationships more quickly before the violence occurs.

    All of us could stand to be a little more compassionate of others.

  • diver Dec 22, 2008

    navychiefswife. lady do you see the news?????

  • twc Dec 22, 2008

    "twc, I did not mean to imply that there is a market for killing--it is an expression. It seems that most people have the idea that only military kill their spouses. I tried to put it in a manner to state that this is not something happening to only military families. So, are you a marine? How do you put your pants on?

    No, I'm not a Marine. Served in the Army. During training we rolled over (from a bunk, a bag, or the ground) put both feet in our "pants". We did, however, put our socks and shoes on one at a time.

  • sox Dec 22, 2008

    Kinda makes you wonder if this is done to avoid going to Iraq and such.

  • skidkid269 Dec 22, 2008

    I tell people there are no "ex" Marines. This man doesn't deserve the title. Spousal abuse in the military isn't caused by "brainwashed killers". It's caused by the lifestyle. You have 18 year old kids bringing their high school sweetheart into a town where the guys far outnumber the girls. Then you send the kid out for 6 months, a year, maybe longer. Jealousy is a very strong emotion. She makes new friends, maybe even a male friend, and things can escalate easily. I was single during my tour. I've seen the wives in the clubs and I've seen the husbands on deployment. It can be a powder keg.

  • rjernigan6 Dec 22, 2008

    The problem with people is ignorance. I have been a Marine for 22 years and you people who call us brainwashed and killers are ignorant to a fault. We are trained to kill the ENEMY not our families. We are not brainwashed. We have normal lives at home just like most of you. We just work longer hours in many cases. I have done many deployments in my years and have never laid a hand on my wife. I do spank my children if they need it but not to the point of abuse. We get screened prior to returning from a combat zone by a medical doctor. If we need help it is available. If you really sit and look at the statistics then considering the 2 million plus active, reserve and guardsmen that we have our domestic violence rates are no higher than a metroploitan area of the same size. Combat puts a stress on service members but it doesn't make us want to come home and kill our families so think before you speak. Don't stero-type us as most us just do our jobs and come home. Semper Fi, MSGT J

  • piperchuck Dec 22, 2008

    "Yes the military does offer assistance with domestic abuse. Just because they offer assistance with this problem does not mean that all in the military are affected by it."

    Nope, it doesn't. Most aren't affected.

    "Nor does it mean that this occurs more in military families vice non-military families."

    Correct, it doesn't mean that. However, have you taken the time to look at the statistics? I have, but I'm going to let you do your own research.