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Oklahoma Marine claims PTSD caused him to allegedly physically, sexually abuse his wife

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WEWOKA, Okla. - An Oklahoma Marine is behind bars and accused of going on a violent rampage.

He's now facing 17 felony counts including assault, kidnapping and rape of a woman in front of children.

It happened last Wednesday from 9 p.m until 8 a.m. the next morning.

Authorities claim Brian Fletcher allegedly terrorized his wife in their Sasakwa home.

But she told officers everything between them was fine before that night.

He says he blacked out and doesn't remember telling his wife, "You deserve to die. It's not like I haven't killed before. I can hide a body where no one can find it."

According to court documents, he allegedly attempted to kill her with different objects and strangle her for 10 hours.

The report claims he used multiple kitchen instruments to abuse her sexually and threatened to poison her with meth saying, "You're going to OD today so this will look like an accident."

Seminole County Undersheriff Chris Conn says, "The officer showed up and the female bolted out of the door screaming, 'He's got a gun!' and the officer made contact with him. He just said he was a bad person and to go ahead and shoot him, kill him."

To Fletcher's uncle, Roland Nail, this doesn't sound like anything his nephew would do.

"I know Brian and I know that's what happened to Brian," says Nail. "He's not that kind of person. I'm not doing that because he's my nephew. I'm doing it because I know Brian."

Fletcher completed four tours overseas and served in Iraq's "triangle of death."

Fletcher's lead defense attorney and war veteran, Brent Dishman, says PTSD is to blame for what he allegedly did to his wife.

He says Fletcher never got the help he needed and as a result, something like this was bound to happen.

"As a result of his combat experience, he's a much different man today than he was before he joined the Marine Corps," says Dishman. "Brian's one of those Marines you hear about that held his best friend in his arms while he died, saw his other friends blown up by IED's and he struggles with that."

"They take them in and they train them to be a killing machine. Brian was in the Marines. And then they bring him home and slap him on the back and say, 'Now you've become this perfect model citizen," says Nail. "Brian, like all the other soldiers, went and served our country and it did irreparable things to him."

What happened last week was allegedly in the presence of the couple's 4 and 7-year-old children.