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Life term sought for ex-U.S. base worker over murder of Okinawa woman

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They said they had thought about seeking the death sentence but "reluctantly gave up the idea in light of striking a balance (of punishment) with other similar criminal cases."

Once again, you have to kill more than one person here to be considered "eligible" for the death sentence.

If there ever was a case to set a precedent this would have been it! He should be locked away, but part of me is more angry that my taxes are going to be used to support him for the rest of his natural life! He is young, which means it's going to be a very, very, long time!

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While the southern Japanese island prefecture has been following the trial of Shinzato, which began last week, a 21-year-old U.S. Marine was arrested on Sunday over an alleged drunk-driving accident that killed a local resident in Naha.

On the following day, the U.S. Forces in Japan prohibited all U.S. service members from drinking alcohol on or off base.

Unless there is a separate agenda here, THIS information is totally irrelevant to the story at hand.

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It is relevant to the issue itself, since it is being finally addressed. Too late, of course, but... better late than never?

I doubt he will get life sentence. Though, considering I am familiar with Japanese law system only from the television series, I guess it is quite... strict. But serving twenty years outside the society will not do any harm for a youth he is. Not anymore than equal, if not less. Better late... than never.

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I mean, you read English, right? This is black text on white page regarding the U.S. marines' crime on foreign soil. This is not a separate issue, but an overall problem with the base and its contents itself. Which has started being addressed only now, after how many people died? At least 2.

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Anytime a foreigner ,military or otherwise commits a crime there always seems to be a need to make some sort of connection.

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i hope it is in a japanese prison and he is not transferred to the US.

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Kenneth Franklin needs to serve the rest of his life in Japanese prison as an object lesson. It was an extremely brutal rape and murder. No remorse and no apology to the victim's family mean extreme measures need to be taken.

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I hope he's 'taken care of' by a yakuza inmate

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One has nothing to do with the other, so there is no point in trying to link the two.

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"No sincere apologies have been offered to the victim's family and he has shown no remorse,"

This is the sad part.

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Give this "creature" the "death penalty" which is too good for people like this!

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I agree with the above, he should go to Japanese jail. And I sure hope he gets life. This guy has no place in society.

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I can't imagine what it must be like being this guys defending lawyer. Having to defend this trash and being guaranteed to lose can't be easy.

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He will not go into the the Japanese correctional system if he was SOFA status at the time of the murder I think?

Sofa rules will not permit this to happen. But I am no expert.

He has been tried here (found guilty) then he will go through trial in the U.S. If he is Sofa.

Military prison is more like it ( real rough) hard time is what I would like to see for this scum bag. Now if he is P.R. or spousal visa status, he is going to prison in Japan a long time. Now since he has the family name (Shinzato). He must be P.R. or spousal status. The U.S. will cut ties and they will throw him under the jail here.

I wish there was more information in the story. He needs to show remorse to victims family.

If he has any retirement monies or savings the victims family should get it all. I know money cannot take the place of a life. But it might ease some pain for the family.

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He will not go into the the Japanese correctional system if he was SOFA status at the time of the murder I think?

Please avoid spreading misinformation about SOFA status protections. SOFA status does not protect US personnel from Japanese prison. I don't mean to sound like a dick but I often hear this false point touted by anti base posters on these boards.

Also I wouldn't put too much faith in those numbers. I knew a guy who was convicted of attempted rape because a girl said he groped her on the train. They gave him a suspended sentence, why, because there was no evidence of attempted rape. Courts will often convict without evidence to keep the conviction rate high and then grant suspended sentences. If there we're over 12 major incidents a year in Okinawa, you would hear about each and every one.

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He will not go into the the Japanese correctional system if he was SOFA status at the time of the murder I think? Sofa rules will not permit this to happen. But I am no expert.

If a person under SOFA is convicted in a Japanese court, and sentenced to do time they will do it in a Japanese prison!

As Darknuts noted, and TOTALLY agree with, please don't spread this around here!

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I mean, you read English, right? This is black text on white page regarding the U.S. marines' crime on foreign soil. This is not a separate issue, but an overall problem with the base and its contents itself. Which has started being addressed only now, after how many people died? At least 2.

One, this is an article about a civilian who committed a horrible crime. This is not about the Marines on Okinawa.

Let's take your attempt at connecting two parallel lines with this response.....JSDF member kills their family, OH it's an issue about a cop, (former SDF) who killed someone and then committed suicide. He's "former" SDF so it's and issue about Japan Self Defense Forces not being able to control their people!

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"The defense counsel also requested that the court "forget about (local residents') frustration with U.S. bases" when deciding on the ruling."

"(local residents') frustration with U.S. bases" unfortunately it will probably increase exponentially as in the past, with many problems in the future.

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The proposed punishment certainly fits the crime. I have read several accounts about life in a Japanese prison and saw a documentary on the subject. If any of that is half true I would choose death over life in that environment.

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SOFA has nothing to do with this criminal case. SOFA ... Japan promised never militarized and Eisenhower guaranteed US. Military wild protect A pan from Russia and China. Nothing to do with this kind of crimes. Okinawan DA is softbon American crimes. Some organization might appeal to mainland upper court.

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If no one appeal against this verdict, he will be in a Okinawans jail. Don't dream he will be sent to American jail. Japan is not a US territory.

Both defense attorney and DA suggested life sentence. But this is a jury trial. It is possible jurors could not reach same verdict by all jurors. Then mistrial. may be declared.

Not over yet.

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There will be different investigation. DA reduce sentencing to same us defense. Lawyer's. How much he received, etc.

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My opinion is this man should be stabbed and struck in the head until dead. He deserves the same as what he did to his victim.

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Amazing the amount of old testament vengeance types here. He deserves a life term for the murder, so he can contemplate what he did.

My opinion is this man should be stabbed and struck in the head until dead.

And yet you recently said

I can't imagine wanting to stab someone at random.

What is this violence thing with gaijin here?

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