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Marine sentenced to three and half years for rape

Date Posted: 2003-09-19

An American Marine was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for raping a woman on May 25 in Kin Town. The Naha District Court convicted Lance Corporal Jose Torres of rape resulting in injury. Torres, who is stationed at Camp Hansen, met a 19-year-old woman at a bar near Camp Hansen. Later, after they left the bar together, he hit her on the face breaking her nose, and then raped her.

Prosecutors on the case had demanded a five-year sentence. However, Presiding Judge Nobuyuki Yokota ruled that although the mental and physical pains the victim suffered were immeasurable, Torres had shown remorse and paid compensation to the victim. “The victim demands that the accused be severely punished. His crime also caused anxiety to local resident,” the judge said as he handed down his ruling.

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