REDWOOD CITY -- A Japanese diplomat convicted of kicking and punching his ex-wife in San Bruno was ordered Monday to pay her about $30,000 toward costs like counseling and attorney fees, a prosecutor said.
The payments come in addition to the one-year jail sentence Yoshiaki Nagaya, 34, is already serving for the attacks on his ex-wife, Yuka Nagaya. She initially sought $80,000 in restitution for expenses that included items he broke during the abuse, said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Yoshiaki Nagaya was a vice consul at the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco, which stills employs him, when he was arrested in the spring of 2012 after his then wife called the police. She alleged an array of violence, including accusations he stabbed her with a screwdriver and threw her out of a car, Wagstaffe said.
The abuse had allegedly begun in January 2011 while they lived in San Francisco and continued when they moved to San Bruno. Prosecutors dropped the most serious charges as part of a plea deal.
Nagaya pleaded no contest in San Mateo County Superior Court in December to two felony counts of domestic violence, both relating to punching and kicking. He'll have until 2016 to pay the $30,000, Wagstaffe said. Nagaya's attorney Garrick Lew said the amount was closer to $20,000, but he couldn't provide an exact number.
Yoshiaki Nagaya's diplomatic status in the United States protected him from misdemeanor prosecution, but not felonies, Lew said previously. It was not clear if Nagaya could face deportation due to his felony convictions.
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