Japan: US marine gets life for rape and murder of local woman

Former United States marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato was handed a life sentence for the rape and murder of a local woman on the island of Okinawa The Naha District Court found Kenneth Franklin Shinzato guilty of killing 20-year-old Rina Shimabukuro in April last year. Shinzato, who changed his surname from Gadson after marrying his Japanese ex-wife, denied he set out to kill his victim... Еще. Speaking outside court, defence counsel Takaesu Toshimitsu said his client was “disappointed” by today’s ruling. «The defendant claimed he did not commit murder, and that was rejected [by the court] That is why, I think, he is disappointed.» At the time of the murder, he was working for the US Air Force at Kadena Air Base. He had previously served as a US marine between 2007 and 2014. The case has outraged residents of Okinawa, who have long resented the presence of 26,000 US personnel on the island.

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