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Jury recommends life term for Marine in murder case

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:41 p.m. HST, Apr 26, 2014

A military jury on Saturday recommended Marine Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby serve a life sentence and be dishonorably discharged, after finding him guilty earlier this week of murdering a prostitute in his Waikiki hotel room last year.

Cosby was convicted Thursday in the May 16 death of Iva-nice "Ivy" Harris, who was two days shy of her 29th birthday.

Cosby, who was in Hawaii on a temporary assignment from  Japan, was found guilty of "murder while engaging in an inherently dangerous act," an offense that carries a maximum term of life in prision without the possibility of parole. He also was found guilty of obstructing justice and attempting to patronize a prostitute. 

The conviction automatically results in forfeiture of all pay and allowances, according to a joint statement by the U.S. Marine Corps Forces-Pacific and the city's Prosecutor's Office.

The jury's recommendation will be reviewed by the Marines commander and the court-martial's convening authority, who will either agree with the sentence or reduce the penalty.  

Cosby remains in confinement at the brig on Ford Island.

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serious wrote:
Swift justice. That's what our Constitution says. Wasn't there a guy who killed a local at McDonalds a few years ago???? Hawaiian time?????
on April 26,2014 | 05:24PM
kukunaokala wrote:
yes swift justice, the guy at McDonalds was self defense from a punk with numerous past racists incidents. Justice!
on April 26,2014 | 07:53PM
ftaele83 wrote:
swift justice, indeed. BTW, the guy who died (in McDonald's incident) was probably a punk, But the shooting was NOT in self-defense. It was clearly a case of an incompetent scumbag w/ a badge who had no business drinking and "packing" a gun that nite. Swift justice requires that scumbag to share cell w/Cosby
on April 26,2014 | 09:44PM
droid wrote:
Yeah, he was so much of a punk that he was sitting down minding his own business when a federal agent walked over to him and got in his face for the specific purpose of provoking a fight — and it was all captured on video.

Guess when you are a federal agent, “self-defense” means provoking a fight. What a confusing world we live in.
on April 27,2014 | 12:49AM
Ronin006 wrote:
It is unfortunate the prosecutors in the McDonald’s case did not charge the shooter with disposing of garbage without a license. It would have been a slam dunk for a conviction.
on April 27,2014 | 09:15AM
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