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Taxi driver assaulted by Marines awarded 28 million in damages

Date Posted: 2009-03-19

A Naha District Court judge has approved a 28 million damage claim from a taxi driver who was beaten in an attack by two U.S. Marines nearly three years ago.

Taxi driver Rinsuke Makiya heard Judge Yasushi Itami rule on his behalf in a civil suit he filed last December, holding the two Marine privates, 21-year-old Brandon K. Pearman and 22-year-old Edward Miller Jr., jointly responsible for injuries that caused him to lose his job. The two Camp Schwab-based marines were convicted of assaulting Makiya and stealing more than 370,000 in 2006.

The Marines, convicted by a Naha District Court last July, are serving 34-month jail terms at a Japanese prison facility in Yokosuka. The court, in awarding the damages, did not specify how Makiya is to collect from the Marines.

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