Guam prosecutors, Japan government discuss restitution for car crash, stabbing rampage victims

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HAGATNA, Guam — Guam prosecutors have been working with the Japanese government to determine how much a man convicted of killing three Japanese tourists in a crash and stabbing rampage two years ago should pay his victims.

A judge postponed a restitution hearing scheduled for Wednesday to give them more time to work out details, The Pacific Daily News (http://bit.ly/1zUDaIU ) reported.

Chief Deputy Attorney General Phillip Tydingco has been working with the Japanese consulate on the matter. But discussions were "taking longer than normal," said Assistant Attorney General Brian Gallagher.

Guam Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola scheduled a follow-up hearing for next month.

DeSoto was convicted of killing 81-year-old Kazuko Uehara and 29-year-old Rie Sugiyama, who were stabbed to death; and 51-year-old Hitoshi Yokota who was hit by a car and died in a hospital two days later.

He was also convicted of injuring 11 others in the 2013 attack. He is serving a life sentence.

DeSoto had pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness. His lawyers argued he spiraled out of control into psychosis after his grandfather died and his girlfriend moved to Utah.

The rampage rocked the small island U.S. territory and raised questions of tourist safety in Japan and elsewhere. Guam's economy depends heavily on tourism.


Information from: Pacific Daily News: http://www.guampdn.com

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