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U.S. military employee sentenced to life in prison in Japan for raping and killing woman near military base

By Alexis Bell 6:46 AM December 4, 2017
Kenneth Franklin Shinzato (L) and Rina Shimabukuro

A man brought shame to the American military after raping and killing a woman near a military base in Japan.

Now, a judge sentenced 33-year-old Kenneth Franklin Shinzato to life in prison for the death of the Okinawan woman.

Shinzato, a former U.S. Marine, was employed at the Kadena Air Base by an Internet firm at the time of the incident.

According to prosecutors, 20-year-old Rina Shimabukuro went missing after going for a walk.

The police investigation led them to Shinzato.

After he was arrested, Shinzato revealed the location of the victim’s body. Police recovered the body in a wooded area three weeks after the victim went missing.

Prosecutors told the court that Shinzato raped the victim on a road in Uruma. He then killed the woman by hitting her head with a club and stabbing her while she was trying to fight off the sexual assault.

Shinzato denied that he intended to kill the victim. He pleaded guilty to rape resulting in death and abandoning a body.

He was sentenced to life in prison.