• Kyodo News


With the unanimous decision by the four justices of the top court’s Second Petty Bench, Shoji Sakurai, 62, and Takao Sugiyama, 63, are likely to be acquitted of murdering 62-year-old carpenter Shoten Tamamura and robbing him of ¥107,000 in the town of Tone, Ibaraki Prefecture.

The life sentences were finalized in 1978 and the two men were released on parole in 1996.

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