23-year sentence recommended for airman in death of ex-wife
Prosecutors on Tuesday recommended 23 years in Japanese prison for William Scott Omari McAllister, the former Misawa airman on trial for murdering his Japanese ex-wife and abandoning her body, according to local Japanese news reports.
The decision on McAllister’s sentence is expected to be announced in Aomori District Court on Feb. 1.
Tuesday’s hearing was the sixth for McAllister, 26, who has pleaded guilty to killing Naomi Kimura, 33, of Misawa city.
McAllister’s defense attorneys are asking for a more lenient sentence, arguing that his crime “was committed with angry impulse” during a quarrel with Kimura and that he did not intend to kill her, according to Too Nippo newspaper.
McAllister, in an apology in court Tuesday, said, “I would like to financially support Kimura’s family if permitted,” according to the Yomiuri Shimbun.
Kimura’s mother, according to the newspaper, made a tearful statement, saying: “I pity my grandchild who stares at my daughter’s photo. I wish death penalty for the defendant if possible.”
Kimura’s burned body was found in the trunk of her car on railroad tracks in Hachinohe city in July 2006.