LIHUE, Kauai (AP) - A Kauai man who killed his wife of 35 years because he thought she was having an affair has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Joseph Hoapili Sr. pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in January for stabbing Fredlynn Hoapili 18 times with a large kitchen knife on March 3, 2009.
County Prosecuting Attorney Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho says the attack began while Fredlynn Hoapili was asleep, rendering her unable to defend herself.
Iseri-Carvalho said Thursday that an investigation after the stabbing failed to turn up any evidence of an affair. During Thursday's sentencing hearing, the couple's eldest daughter, Raylynn Vistante, called her father a coward.
Hoapili told the court he was truly sorry for what he did.
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