2 U.S. sailors imprisoned for rape in Japan's Okinawa

2013-03-01 08:52:31 GMT2013-03-01 16:52:31(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Japanese local court on Friday sentenced two U.S. sailors 10 years and nine years respectively in prison for raping a woman in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture last October, local media reported.

The Naha District Court in Okinawa gave a 10-year term to Christopher Browning, 24, and a nine-year sentence to 23-year-old Skyler Dozierwalker, according to Japan's Kyodo News Agency.

The two U.S. servicemen raped a woman on Oct. 16, 2012 in the central part of Okinawa's main island and resulted in physical injuries on the victim, according to the ruling.

It added that Browning also stole 7,000 yen (76 U.S. dollars) from the victim.The two defendants had pleaded guilty.

The crime triggered strong opposition from local residents and the U.S. Forces in Japan (USFJ) imposed a nighttime curfew on all of its personnel after the crime.

Offences and crimes by U.S. servicemen often occurred in Okinawa, which hosts more than 70 percent of USFJ bases.

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