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Soldier balks at reparations in Yomitan hit-and-run death

Date Posted: 2011-03-04

A U.S. Army staff sergeant convicted of accidental homicide in the hit-and-run death of a 66-year-old man more than a year ago has refused to consider demands from the victim's family for エ34,580,000 ($432,250) in consolation money.

Staff Sergeant Clyde A. Gun, who insists "I couldn't foresee the accidentモ and fired back that the victim, Masakazu Hokama, also bore guilt in the case because he wore dark clothes on the roadway in the darkness. Gun has already been sentenced to two years in prison for the accidental homicide and violations of the Road Traffic Law, but he's appealing that conviction with a hearing upcoming in April. He's demanding that the consolation money issue be dismissed as a ‘no fault' issue.

Hokama's wife, Reiko Hokama, was openly angry as she fired back "It is impossible that the accident was in any way my husband's fault. It is good in Mr. Gun's case to accept his fault, but I cannot accept as amicable as statement when he says it's not his fault." Gun's defense attorney, Toshimitsu Takaeseu, is expecting that a court-mediated amicable settlement will come, saying he believes about エ7 million ($87,500) is a fair settlement.

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