U.S. Navy Officers Wronged Suspect
TOKYO (AP) _ A U.S. military court ruled that Navy security officers used excessive force when they shackled an American murder suspect with handcuffs and leg irons for eight days, a Navy spokesman said Thursday.
The officers held Columbia R. Shiloh, who had pleaded guilty to the 1997 killing of the wife of a Navy airman, at two hospitals in Japan after he attempted suicide in September.
Capt. D. Michael Hinkley, the military judge presiding over Shiloh’s sentencing, ruled on Wednesday that the method was unreasonable, especially when he was under guard and in a secured room, said Michael Chase, spokesman at the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka.
Shiloh, 38, a dental technician who worked at the base, was held for five days at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka and three days at the Yokohama City University Hospital.
Shiloh was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for strangling Wakana Brock, 24, in an off-base apartment outside Tokyo. She was married to airman Jonathan Brock.
Shiloh was arrested in March 1997 and held at the Yokosuka base until he tried to hang himself.
The Navy base, the headquarters of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, is 28 miles southwest of Tokyo.