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Victim's family seeks answers from convicted killer at sentencing

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The sister of a transgendered person, who was stabbed to death two years ago, confronted the convicted killer at his sentencing Wednesday.

When Joel Allen, 65, refused to look at his victim's sister, the emotionally-wounded woman walked around the defense table to face him.

Two months ago, a jury found Allen guilty of murdering Jason Namauu, 35, who went by the names "Jayleen" and "Lynette." At trial, witnesses testified the two were in a relationship.

The stabbing happened inside a parked car near Cartwright Field in Makiki in July 2008.

At the sentencing hearing, Christin Dunn told the court she was shocked to hear about her uncle's slaying. She says he wouldn't hurt a fly.

Allen claimed he acted in self-defense, saying he was attacked first when he refused to give Namauu money for drugs. He's appealing the verdict.

Circuit Judge Michael Town handed down a life sentence with the possibility of parole. The Hawaii parole board will decide how much time Allen must serve before he's eligible for release.

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