14 Apr '18, 1am

Base worker sentenced to life with hard labor for slaying of Okinawan woman

Base worker sentenced to life with hard labor for slaying of Okinawan woman

NAHA CITY, Okinawa — Former U.S. base worker Kenneth Franklin Gadson told a Japanese court he never intended to kill a 20-year-old Okinawan woman when he attacked her in a remote area of Okinawa last spring. But a Japanese court disagreed and sentenced him to life in prison with hard labor Friday, saying his actions in Rina Shimabukuro’s final moments showed he intended to end her life. A panel of three judges and six jurors found Gadson, 33, guilty of murder, rape resulting in death and the illegal disposal of a body in the Uruma office worker’ slaying. He will spend the rest of his life behind bars at Yokosuka Prison in Kurihama, barring a successful appeal. “The life of the victim — who had just celebrated her adulthood — was suddenly taken and her body was abandoned in the bushes,” chief judge Toshihiro Shibata said when reading the verdict. “Her body was not found unt...

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