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KANEOHE, Hawaii -- A military jury has convicted a Marine of murdering a prostitute visiting Hawaii, then dumping her body about 40 miles away in west Oahu.

Master Sgt. Nathaniel Cosby was convicted Thursday of murder, obstruction of justice and patronizing a prostitute. His court martial will move into a sentencing phase on Saturday, when Cosby's lawyers will call character witnesses.

Cosby was found guilty of murder while engaging in an inherently dangerous act, which carries the possibility of life in prison without parole. He was found not guilty of unpremeditated murder.

Cosby admitted to killing Ivanice Ivy Harris in May last year, but his lawyers argued it was in self-defense.

Harris was from Oregon, visiting Hawaii to celebrate her 29th birthday with her boyfriend, who was also her pimp.

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