HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ethan Motta was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole Monday for his role in the deadly shootings at the Pali Golf Course in January 2004. Prosecutors say Motta was part of an illegal gambling operation and the killings were part of a power struggle to gain control over the organization.
On January 7, 2004 Motta and Rodney Joseph Jr. fatally shot Lepo Taliese and Romelius Corpus Jr. in the parking lot of the Kaneohe golf course. Tinoimalau Sao was also wounded in the incident, but survived the attack.
Motta was convicted in March. Eight other defendants were previously sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Susan Oki Mollway in cases related to the incident. Motta was the last defendant to be sentenced.