Marine at heart of So. Calif. stolen files case dies

A Marine Corps colonel accused of leaking classified information to an anti-terrorism unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has died.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department says Larry J. Richards was suffering brain, kidney and liver problems when he died Saturday at his home in Lake Arrowhead. He was 52.

Richards was a Marine reservist and sheriff's detective in 2003 and 2004 when he allegedly helped leak Marine intelligence information from Camp Pendleton to an anti-terrorism task force he helped organize. He was later recalled to active Marine duty and was awaiting a military hearing.

Four other Marines have been convicted in the case.

The military has not released the nature of the leaked information.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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