Man convicted of killing Japanese tourist receives life sentence

HONOLULU (KHNL) - An Oahu judge, formally sentences a Kalihi man, to life in prison.

Kirk Lankford killed 21-year-old, Masumi Watanabe, last year.

Her body was never found.

Lankford claimed Watanabe jumped out of his moving truck and hit her head on a rock.

He says, he then put her body in the ocean, near Chinaman's Hat.

A jury did not believe Watanabe's death was an accident, and convicted him in May.