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Japanese Man Enters Plea in Santa Fe Attack


Associated Press
       SANTA FE — A guilty plea has been entered by a Japanese man accused of attacking an Englishman speaking on "thought transference" during an international conference.
    Kazuki Hirano, 34, of Yokohama pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
    In exchange for the plea, prosecutors recommended that he be sentenced to three years' probation. Prosecutors also agreed not to object to his deportation to Japan.
    State District Judge Michael Vigil has scheduled sentencing for Sept. 12.
    Rupert Sheldrake, a biologist known for his theories on mental telepathy, was stabbed in the left thigh on April 2 during the 10th International Conference on Science and Consciousness at a Santa Fe hotel.
    Sheldrake had said that Hirano had told him the day before that he heard voices and thought people were trying to communicate with him telepathically.
    Hirano has said he believed Sheldrake was controlling his thoughts.
    Hirano said Friday that he suffers from depression and is taking an antidepressant.
    Hirano was in the United States legally when he stabbed Sheldrake, who was attacked when he finished speaking on "Memory and Morphic Resonance," prosecutor Joseph Campbell said.
    Hirano's visa has since lapsed, Campbell said.


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