SAN BRUNO (CBS / AP) -- A San Francisco-based Japanese diplomat who pleaded no contest to domestic violence charges was ordered Monday to serve a year in jail.
Yoshiaki Nagaya, a vice consul at the Japanese consulate in San Francisco, was sentenced by a San Mateo County Superior Court judge. He pleaded no contest to two counts of domestic violence in December, The San Mateo Daily Journal reported.
Nagaya, 33, was originally charged with more than a dozen counts of domestic violence for injuries to his wife, Yuka, but a judge dropped one count and prosecutors dismissed the rest as part of a plea deal.
Yuka Nagaya testified that the abuse began when the couple lived in San Francisco and continued after they moved to San Bruno. Yoshiaki Nagaya was arrested by San Bruno police last March after his wife told officers he had pushed her from a moving car.
Defense attorney Gerrick Lew had argued for a 90-day sentence for his client.
Deputy Consul General Nobuhiro Watanabe declined to comment on details but told The Associated that "as of today" Nagaya was still an employee of the consulate.
"Today we had a final judgment from the court, and we reported the final judgment to our headquarters in Tokyo," Watanabe said.
Nagaya must report to jail on May 4, but he is eligible to serve the time through an alternative work furlough program, officials said.
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