updated 7/30/2009 5:56:41 AM ET 2009-07-30T09:56:41

A U.S. sailor has received a life sentence for killing a Japanese taxi driver, Japan's foreign ministry said Thursday.

The ministry said Thursday Olatunbosun Ugbogu was sentenced in the Yokohama District Court.

Ugbogu is a a 23-year-old Nigerian citizen serving in the U.S. Navy.

He was found guilty of stabbing 61-year-old Masaaki Takahashi to death near a U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, in March 2008.

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