Marine found guilty in prostitute’s murder, will be sentenced Saturday

Nathaniel Cosby
Nathaniel Cosby

A U.S. Marine was convicted of murder Thursday in the death of a prostitute.

A jury found Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby guilty of murder while engaging in an inherently dangerous act, obstructing justice and attempting to patronize a prostitute.

The murder conviction carries a maximum penalty of life without eligibility for parole. The other two convictions have maximum penalties of five years and one year in prison respectively.

Cosby killed 29-year-old Ivanice “Ivy” Harris and dumped her body near Yokohama bay last May. Cosby says he acted in self-defense after Harris pulled out a knife that was hidden in her lipstick tube, and got rid of her body to avoid embarrassment to his family and to the Marine Corps.

Cosby remains in confinement at the Joint Brig Miramar – Detachment Pearl Harbor Brig on Ford Island.

He will be sentenced Saturday.

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Legal Services Center, Marine Corps Base Hawaii
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