PHOENIX (Map, News) - A man convicted of killing a Japanese tourist in the Grand Canyon was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Randy Redtail Wescogame, 20, received a heavier sentence than the recommended 20 years because of the brutality of the attack, U.S. District Judge Mary H. Murguia said.
The victim, Tomomi Hanamure, "was trying to take in the beauty of the Grand Canyon, and what she encountered was the ugliest part of human society," Murguia told Wescogame in court.
According to court documents, Wescogame approached Hanamure on May 8, 2006, while the 34-year-old was traveling by herself in the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Wescogame, a Havasupai Indian, offered to take Hanamure to 50 Foot Falls, one of many lush areas in the canyon where blue-green waters rush off cliff sides before reaching the Colorado River.
Wescogame then put a
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