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Oklahoma sailor convicted in Okinawa rape

Published: March 1, 2013
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TOKYO (AP) — Two U.S. Navy sailors have been convicted of raping and robbing a woman on Okinawa in a crime that outraged many on the southern Japan island and have been sentenced to prison.

Seaman Christopher Browning, of Athens, Texas, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, were found guilty Friday by the Naha District Court of raping and robbing a woman in her 20s in a parking lot in October. Both admitted committing the crime.

Browning, who is 24, was sentenced to 10 years and Dozierwalker, who's 23, received nine years.

The case outraged many Okinawans, who have long complained of military-related crime on their island, which hosts thousands of U.S. troops. It also sparked tougher restrictions for all 50,000 U.S. military personnel in Japan.

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