• Kyodo


A 21-year-old man was sentenced Monday to life in prison for killing a woman and injuring her daughter in conspiracy with three others in Yamagata Prefecture in 2001.

The Yamagata District Court had once rejected the indictment against the man, who is Chinese, because prosecutors had mistakenly dealt with him as an adult because he held a fake passport showing an older date of birth. The district court determined he was 19 after obtaining documents from the Chinese government.

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