33 year old Yoshiaki Nagaya, the Japanese diplomat in San Francisco that was arrested in 2012 for more than a year of domestic violence against his wife, was given a sentence of one year in a local jail on Monday afternoon. A deputy district attorney said the vice consul’s term will begin on May 4th, and he will serve at least six months behind bars.
Nagaya, who works at the San Francisco Japanese Consulate, was arrested after his wife, Yuka Nagaya, went to police after he shoved her out of a moving car in a parking garage during an argument. She told the authorities that the abuse began in January 2011, only a month after they were married, and provided photographs of the injuries he inflicted upon her, including shoving her to the ground and stomping on her, and stabbing her hand with a screw driver. During a preliminary hearing, Yuka Nagaya described their marriage as being troubled from the beginning, as they constantly fought over accusations of his infidelity and visits from in-laws.
Yoshiaki Nagaya had no diplomatic immunity in this case, although Deputy Consul General Nobuhiro Watanabe has said that as of now he is still employed at the Japanese Consulate, it is likely that will change as they have just reported the judge’s ruling to Tokyo. In addition to his jail term, Nagaya was ordered to complete 104 hours of domestic violence counseling and three years of probation, and he was ordered to stay away from his wife, who has already returned to Japan.
[via SF Gate]