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Jury finds Keohokapu guilty of lesser charge in fatal stabbing

Glenn Keohokapu, Jr. Glenn Keohokapu, Jr.
Steven Wilcox Steven Wilcox
Kristine Yoo Kristine Yoo
Robert Wilcox Robert Wilcox
Glenn Keohokapu, Sr. Glenn Keohokapu, Sr.

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - After three days of deliberations, an Oahu jury on Monday convicted a man of manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of a teen outside a Kaneohe bar last year.

Glenn Keohokapu, Jr. was on trial for murder. But the jury rejected the prosecution's argument that the killing was intentional, and instead found him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

The defendant had little reaction as the verdict was read.

During the trial, the 36-year-old testified he acted in self defense. He says he and his wife were arguing in the parking lot of Club Komomai last June, when Steven Wilcox, 19, intervened.

He says Wilcox came after him with brass knuckles, so he grabbed a folding knife out of his car and the teen simply walked into it.

Attorneys from both sides expressed disappointment over the verdict.

"I believe that Mr. Keohokapu's conduct was reasonable under the circumstances, and I don't think it was a crime," Benjamin Ignacio, defense attorney, said.

"I guess it's disappointing," Kristine Yoo, deputy prosecutor, said. "The force, the stab, the force that required to go into the heart, I, the state's position is that that required a lot of force."

"All we ask for justice," Robert Wilcox, victim's father, said. "I mean, we has nothing against the family because they nice family."

"It's so difficult seeing the family every day knowing the hurt that they have, and it hurts me," Glenn Keohokapu, Sr., defendant's father, said through tears.

Sentencing is scheduled for June.

Normally, the maximum punishment for manslaughter is 20 years in prison. But prosecutors plan to ask for a life sentence citing Keohokapu's prior criminal record, which includes convictions for burglary, robbery, domestic abuse, and drug offenses.

The defense plans to appeal the verdict.

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