Jiji Press NAHA (Jiji Press) — A former U.S. Marine is set to accept an indefinite prison term for a high-profile murder case in Okinawa Prefecture in 2016 that triggered fierce protests by people in the prefecture, which hosts the bulk of U.S. bases in the country, informed sources said Thursday.
Kenneth Shinzato, 34, will refrain from appealing the case to the Supreme Court, for which the deadline is Thursday, the sources said.
According to the ruling, issued by the Naha District Court last December and upheld by the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court last month, the murder occurred after Shinzato tried to sexually assault the female victim, 20, on a road in the city of Uruma on the night of April 28, 2016.
Shinzato, who was a civilian U.S. base worker at the time, hit the woman on the head with a stick and stabbed her several times around her neck, killing her. He later abandoned her body in a wooded area in the village of Onna.