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
2 US Sailors Found Guilty in Japan Rape
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)

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. (More Japan stories.)

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