Jury to decide if Keohokapu should serve life term

Glenn Keohokapu, Jr.
Glenn Keohokapu, Jr.

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The jury that convicted a man in the stabbing death of a teen outside a Kaneohe bar returned to court Wednesday to decide how much time the killer should serve.

In April, jurors found murder defendant Glenn Keohokapu, Jr. guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter. He stabbed Steven Wilcox, 19, outside Club Komomai last June.

Manslaughter carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison. But prosecutors are seeking a life sentence citing Keohokapu's criminal record, which includes convictions for burglary, robbery, domestic abuse, and drug offenses.

The jury -- not a judge -- will make the decision on whether he should serve an extended term.

The hearing continues Thursday.