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The Nagoya District Court sentenced a Brazilian and Colombian to life in prison Friday for killing and robbing a company president in Shippo, Aichi Prefecture, in 2002.

Brazilian K.M.A. Cardoso and J.A.N. Rincon, 28, together with two other accomplices, broke into the home of Shigetsugu Sumi, 65, the head of an ironworks, on Aug. 31, 2002. They suffocated Sumi by wrapping his face in adhesive tape and stole 2.5 million yen in cash from his home.

Presiding Judge Hideki Shibata said: “Their crime was premeditated, given that they had prepared the adhesive tape and a high-voltage stun gun. Their criminal responsibility for suffocating the victim is very grave.”

Prosecutors had demanded life in prison.

Rincon and Cardoso were also accused of stealing cash and jewelry worth about 9 million yen in other theft cases that took place over a one-year period beginning in November 2001.

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