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Man convicted of killing Good Samaritan gets 30-year prison term

Kelii Acasia Kelii Acasia
Ned Nakoa Ned Nakoa
Laverne Rivas Laverne Rivas

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A young man convicted of killing a Good Samaritan in Waikiki last year was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday.

Kelii Acasia, 21, apologized to the victim's family members and offered a picture he drew for them while locked up.

In May, a jury found him guilty of manslaughter in the beating death of Ned Nakoa, 58. Prosecutors say Nakoa intervened when a fight broke out following a purse-snatching.

The victim's relatives describe their loss as excruciating.

"I haven't heard any remorse from you. I haven't seen any," Laverne Rivas, victim's sister, said to the convicted killer. "I don't care if you believe you were directly involved or not. He died."

"I just like tell the family, I sorry and I take responsibility for my actions," Acasia said.

The judge called Acasia a coward before handing down a 20-year prison sentence for the manslaughter and a 10-year term for an unrelated sex assault.

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