Life sentence recommended for Marine convicted of killing Oregon woman

Published On: Apr 26 2014 04:18:25 PM HST
Updated On: Apr 26 2014 08:06:05 PM HST

Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby will be spending the rest of his life in prison, if the commander of Marine Forces Pacific follows the recommendation handed down by a military jury on Saturday.

HONOLULU -

A military jury recommended life in prison Saturday for Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby after finding him guilty of murder in the death of an Oregon woman on Thursday.

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The jury also recommended a dishonorable discharge.

The marine was also found guilty of obstruction of justice and patronizing a prostitute in his court-martial on Thursday.

Cosby admitted to killing Ivanice "Ivy" Harris in May last year, but his lawyers argued it was in self-defense.

Harris was visiting Hawaii to celebrate her 29th birthday with her boyfriend, who was also her pimp.  Her body was found at Yokohama Bay.

Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro relinquished jurisdiction of the case at the request of the U.S. Marine Corps.

"Justice was achieved because of the continued cooperation of investigative and prosecutorial agencies of government and we are proud to be part of this effort,"
Kaneshiro said in a statement.

Harris' family issued this statement: :We are the voices for the voiceless and are eternally grateful to the Marines, NCIS and Hawaii law enforcement for bringing Ivanice's murderer to justice. We've had peace throughout this process knowing that somebody had our baby's back."

The jury's recommendation will be reviewed by Lt. Gen. Terry Robling, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific and the court-martial's convening authority. Robling can either agree with the sentence or reduce the penalty.

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