Us Sailor In Okinawa Given 30 Months For Rape

US sailor in Okinawa given 30 months for rapeA Japanese court has sentenced a US Navy sailor to 30 months in prison for raping a Japanese woman at a hotel in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, in March.
The Naha District Court on Friday gave the jail term to Justin Castellanos without suspension. Castellanos is stationed at Camp Schwab in the southern prefecture.

The court said the 24-year-old sailor found the woman sleeping in the hallway. He took her into his hotel room and assaulted her. She was visiting Naha as a tourist and was staying at the same hotel.

Presiding Judge Jiro Shiomi said the woman was taken into a room by a total stranger and assaulted. He said her tremendous fear is easily imaginable and the sailor deserves a prison term without suspension.
Prosecutors had demanded four years. Castellanos asked for a reduced sentence, arguing that he had intended to look after the woman.

The court said it could not be determined that Castellanos intended to carry out an assault when he took the woman to his room. The court also said he had pleaded guilty and shown a sense of remorse.

The sailor's lawyer says he will not appeal the sentence.