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American convicted in Tokyo murder of Irish exchange student

A 19-year-old American musician has been convicted of murdering an Irish exchange student in Tokyo and sentenced to at least five years in prison.

Richard Hinds, of Memphis, Tennessee, stood silently as he was found guilty Tuesday of strangling Nicola Furlong at a Tokyo hotel in what the presiding judge called a "vicious" attack. He was ordered to serve no less than five but no more than 10 years in a Japanese prison.

Hinds and another American were accused of taking Furlong, 21, and one of her friends to the hotel after they had passed out in a bar. The Tokyo District Court ruled that Hinds strangled Furlong when she regained consciousness to keep her quiet.

The other man was convicted last week of sexually assaulting Furlong's friend.