A 58-year-old man was sentenced on Friday to 26 years in prison for killing his neighbor with a crossbow in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, last year.
The Aomori High Court heard that Sakae Tanaka, a neighbor and relative of Kinuko Yamagata, 77, had been quarreling with her over financial matters, TBS reported. Tanaka had once threatened her with the crossbow, the court heard.
On the evening of May 24, 2011, Yamagata's husband saw her for the last time at their house before he went out to walk the dog. When he returned home at around 9:10 p.m., there was blood on the floor and no trace of his wife. He called police who searched the house and found the woman’s body in a storage space beneath the kitchen floor.
Tanaka was arrested the next day and charged with the murder after an autopsy determined the victim's wound could have been caused by a crossbow arrow. Tanaka admitted threatening the woman but denied killing her.© Japan Today