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US Navy Sailor Gets 30-month Sentence for Okinawa Rape

FILE - US military helicopters flying over the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Base in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.

A U.S. Navy sailor has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for raping a Japanese tourist in Okinawa.

Japan's Kyodo News service reports that Justin Castellanos was sentenced Friday in district court in Naha, the capital of Okinawa.

Kyodo, citing the ruling, says the 24-year-old sailor took the woman to his hotel room and raped her after finding her asleep in the hallway in the early hours of March 13.

His arrest inflamed anti-U.S. base sentiment on Okinawa, a southern Japanese island that is home to about half of the 50,000 U.S. troops in Japan.

It was followed by the arrest in May of an American military contractor in Okinawa for allegedly raping and killing a 20-year-old woman who had gone missing.