Marine admits to cab driver attack caught on dash cam

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ONSLOW COUNTY - A Camp Lejeune Marine has admitted to assaulting a cab driver in Onslow County, causing several facial injuries on the victim.

GySgt. Adam Kinosh pleaded guilty Monday afternoon and was sentenced to five years of probation and one year of house arrest using electronic monitoring. In addition, Kinosh must complete counseling for alcohol abuse and pay $8,654 in restitution for the victim's therapy.

During the hearing, Kinosh apologized to the victim and his family. District Attorney Ernie Lee hopes that will give them some closure.

"That's a good way for the victim's family to maybe get some closure too, because you actually get to hear something from the defendant, where he actually says, 'I'm sorry for what I did,' " "Lee said. "In fact, I think it many times, when they say, 'I'm sorry for what I did,' that's an acknowledgement to the victim's family that, 'what I did was wrong.' "

According to investigators, Kinosh assaulted cab driver Charles Hawkesworth, 26, in the victim's taxi cab on the morning of Sept. 10, 2012. The attack was caught on dash-cam video.

The video showed a verbal argument between Kinosh and Hawkesworth that ultimately led to the attack while the cab was on North New River Street in Surf City, investigators said. Police believed Kinosh was enraged because he had thought he was being ripped off on the cab fare.

Hawkesworth said he suffered several facial fractures and had metal plates placed near his cheekbone and eye socket. He was working for Island Taxi Cab Company when the attack happened.

Kinosh was taken into custody less than a week after the assault.

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