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Two Marines get sentenced for cab robbery

Date Posted: 1998-03-28

Two Marines were sentenced on Tuesday for the futile robbery of an Okinawa cab driver that occurred on September 6. Pfc. Henry Allison, 19, was sentenced to three and one half years and Cpl. Derrick I. Jenkins, 21, was sentenced to four years after being found guilty of robbery resulting in injury. The men, assigned to the 3rd support Battalion, Camp Foster, admitted that they attached the cab driver on impulse.

The duo hailed the cab near a nightclub in Chatan and told the driver to stop after a few blocks, according to evidence presented in Naha District Court.

Allison got out of the cab, walked to the driver's door and hit the driver in the face while he was held from behind by Jenkins. The 47-year-old driver sped away, leaving Allison behind and forcing Jenkins to jump from the taxi.

The pair were arrested shortly after Allison returned to the scene of the crime to look for his wallet. His futile searches lead him to hail a taxi to take him back to Camp Foster's Gate 5. Only to be picked up by the same driver he previously attacked, although Allison did not recognize him. When the cab arrived at the gate, police were waiting to arrest him. Jenkins was arrested later.

In the sentencing of the two men, Chief Judge Hidefumi Hayashi stated he took into consideration the age of the defendants' and that they both had small children to support. The crime was "extremely vicious," however and he could not ignore the effect the incident had on the victim and other cab drivers.

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