Jiji Press NAHA (Jiji Press) — Naha District Court on Friday gave an indefinite prison term to former U.S. marine Kenneth Shinzato for the murder of a young woman in Uruma, Okinawa Prefecture, in April 2016.
The verdict on the case, which reignited the anger of local residents over the heavy U.S. military presence in the southern prefecture, was in line with the penalty demanded by the prosecution for Shinzato, 33.
“There is no room for leniency, considering his selfish motive,” Presiding Judge Toshihiro Shibata said after recognizing that Shinzato had intent to kill at the time.
The judge suggested that Shinzato attacked the victim, including multiple stabs with a knife, while knowing that she was at high risk of dying.
According to the ruling, Shinzato, then a civilian worker at a U.S. military base in Okinawa, killed the woman, then 20, on a road in Uruma around 10 p.m. on April 28, 2016, as he attempted to sexually assault her.