Prosecutor seeks 18-month prison term for Kadena airman in theft cases
April 18, 2007
NAHA, Okinawa — A Japanese prosecutor on Monday asked for an 18-month prison sentence for a Kadena airman on trial in Naha District Court on two counts of theft and one count of attempted theft.
Airman 1st Class Tyson Walker, 21, pleaded guilty to all three counts during a hearing in March, a factor defense attorney Satoshi Kawamitsu stressed when asking that any prison time be suspended.
During the March hearing, Walker, assigned to the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron on Kadena Air Base, apologized to the judge and expressed remorse for stealing a shoulder bag and 45 other items worth about $410 from a car parked at a dental clinic in the Daito district of Nago at 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 14.
He also admitted to attempting to steal a case containing 32 music CDs worth about $510 the same night from a car parked at a Lawson convenience store in the same neighborhood. Walker was caught in the act by the owner of the second car, who held him for police.
An investigation into the Jan. 14 incident found that Walker was involved in a theft of a computer, a cash register and other items from a bar in the Makishi district of Naha, worth about $4,300.
During a final argument Monday, Kawamitsu presented evidence proving that the seven individuals from whom Walker stole or attempted to steal their belongings, accepted jidan, or apology payments, money that had been sent from Walker’s mother in Arizona. Kawamitsu stressed that all the seven people submitted letters to the court, asking for leniency.
Prosecutor Daisuke Tabuchi demanded a prison term, arguing that Walker was involved in three separate incidents and there was a strong possibility he would repeat his behavior.
The sentencing is set for April 25.