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Teacher sentenced for killing student

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OSAKA, Japan, March 24 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Japan say a former school teacher was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for fatally stabbing a 12-year-old student.

Yu Hagino, 26, was convicted of killing the girl at a school in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, in December 2005, the Kyodo news agency reported.

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Hagino initially had been sentenced to 18 years in prison but the Osaka High Court Tuesday ruled he had a diminished capacity at the time of the crime and should serve no more than 15 years, Kyodo reported.

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