Woman appeals life term to top court

Kyodo

A woman convicted of killing her husband and son for insurance money has appealed a high court ruling that commuted a death sentence to life in prison, the high court said Monday.

Prosecutors have already abandoned appealing the Fukuoka High Court ruling.

“We have considered the conditions necessary for appealing to the Supreme Court and the lives of the people concerned,” a senior prosecutor at the Fukuoka High Public Prosecutor’s Office said, apparently referring to the two remaining children of the woman, Reiko Yamaguchi.

The high court overturned the death penalty handed down against Yamaguchi, saying she had been lured into committing the killings by an accomplice and could be rehabilitated. But the court upheld the death sentence for her accomplice, Kazuo Hokao.