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Aussie Sentenced in Sailor Stabbing

February 18, 1999

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) _ An Australian man found guilty of stabbing four American sailors, killing one, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.

During the three-week trial, Jorai Severo Pangilinan, 20, admitted to stabbing four sailors from the Seventh Fleet flagship, the USS Blue Ridge, on Feb. 1, 1998, at the Gig Nightclub. He said it was self-defense.

However, Justice Tom Shepherdson found that Pangilinan, from Brisbane’s southern outskirts, had deliberately antagonized at least one American sailor.

``I’m satisfied you were looking for an altercation that night with one or more American sailors,″ Shepherdson told a sobbing Pangilinan.

Petty Officer Kevin Sutton Anderson, a 34-year-old electronics technician from Mount Vernon, N.Y., died after he was stabbed in the heart. The three other sailors were wounded.

Normally based in Japan, the Blue Ridge crew had been on leave during a brief stopover in Brisbane. The sailors had been dancing when Pangilinan began swinging the knife.

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