2 US Sailors Found Guilty in Japan Rape

Christopher Browning sentenced to decade in prison

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 1, 2013 3:19 AM CST | Updated Mar 1, 2013 4:30 AM CST

(Newser) – A Japanese court today convicted a pair of US Navy sailors in the rape and robbery of a young woman in an Okinawa parking lot, the AP reports. Seaman Christopher Browning, 24, accused of robbery after the rape, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, while Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker was sentenced to nine. Both had confessed. The men were said to be drinking before the attack; the case resulted in tighter alcohol rules and a curfew for the 50,000 US military personnel stationed in the country, where relations with locals are already strained, the AP notes.

In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 photo, a police vehicle carrying Christopher Browning of Athens, Texas, leaves Okinawa prefectural police station in Ginowan in Okinawa, southern Japan.
In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 photo, a police vehicle carrying Christopher Browning of Athens, Texas, leaves Okinawa prefectural police station in Ginowan in Okinawa, southern Japan.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
US Navy Seaman Christopher Browning, of Athens, Texas, right, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, attend a session at the Naha District Court in Naha.
US Navy Seaman Christopher Browning, of Athens, Texas, right, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, attend a session at the Naha District Court in Naha.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News, Koichi Tashiro)
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