• Kyodo News


A man was sentenced to death and his accomplice to life in prison Tuesday for killing a wealthy woman and her brother in a 2008 robbery-murder in the western Tokyo suburb of Akiruno.

Presiding Judge Kazunobu Yamazaki at the Tachikawa branch of the Tokyo District Court handed the death penalty to Kazuo Okikura, 61, a former Akiruno city employee, and life imprisonment to Yoriaki Imaruoka, 65, operator of a civil engineering business, as demanded by prosecutors.

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