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Guam man appeals life sentence for stabbing rampage

August 12, 2015

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Guam man convicted of killing three Japanese tourists in a crash and stabbing rampage is appealing his life sentence.

The Pacific Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1DMc6nw ) that an attorney representing Chad DeSoto on Tuesday argued that the judge who oversaw his client’s murder case gave inadequate instructions to the jury.

Assistant Attorney General James Collins countered that the jury instruction was exactly what was recommended by DeSoto’s attorney at trial.

DeSoto was sentenced to three life sentences to be served concurrently for the February 2013 attack. He won’t be eligible for parole.

The judge also sentenced DeSoto to 15 years in prison for the attempted murder of 11 others. DeSoto received the maximum penalty allowed for each conviction.

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