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Man gets life in prison for killing elderly couple in Gifu

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The Gifu District Court has sentenced a 22-year-old man to life in prison for killing an elderly couple in their home in Seki, Gifu Prefecture, in November 2014.

According to the court, Shinya Kasahara, then 20, and unemployed, broke into the couple's house just after noon on Nov 11, 2014, and fatally stabbed Taizo Inoue, 81, and his wife Michiko, 73, Fuji TV reported.

After his arrest, Kasahara told police that he assumed there were young women living in the house because he had seen their washing on the clothesline. He said he was after the women.

The Inoues lived with their two granddaughters, one in her late teens and the other in her early 20s. Both were home at the time and escaped uninjured.

Kasahara was seen fleeing from the house on a bicycle.

Prosecutors had sought the death sentence but the presiding judge ruled that Kasahara's actions were not those of a sane man.

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Surely diminished responsibility rather than insanity?

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sane people cant commit a crime... unless its for self-defense.

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You are right Strangerland. The judge probably didn't want to be responsible for hanging such a young person. But, I wouldn't be surprised if the guy does it to himself in prison.

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What I don't understand is how he was both found guilty and insane. If he was insane, he should have been not guilty by insanity, and if he was guilty, then he shouldn't have been found insane.

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He was sane enough to want to do harm to the young ladies in the house, but somehow since he killed the parents instead he's now insane? Is there some weird harm-to-age threshold that must be factored in sentencing used to determine the sanity of the criminal who has intent to do harm?

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I don't get that at all. So, if you are insane you cannot be given the death penalty? But, if you are sane you can? I would have thought it would be the other way around. Sane people could be rehabilitated, but insane people are just, insane.

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Prosecutors had sought the death sentence but the presiding judge ruled that Kasahara’s actions were not those of a sane man.

To be legally insane (and thus not guilty) the suspect must not have known right from wrong when he committed the crime. But still, life in prison for a 22 year old is a looooong time

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Prosecutors had sought the death sentence but the presiding judge ruled that Kasahara’s actions were not those of a sane man.

No sh@t Sherlock

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