HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A man who was reportedly high on the then- legal marijuana substitute "spice" when he attempted to push his girlfriend off a Waikiki balcony has plead guilty to a reduced charge. 23-year-old Bryan Roudebush was charged with attempted murder after an April 2 incident in which investigators say he punched 25-year-old Ola Peyton in the head several times, poked her in the eyes and then tied to shove her off an 11th floor lanai.
On Tuesday Circuit Court Judge Glenn Kim accepted a guilty plea to charges of first-degree attempted assault. The judge granted Roudebush a motion for supervised release. He is currently enrolled in a substance abuse program and must remain in good standing.
"So what happened that night is something I take full responsibility for, whether I knew what was happening or not, so I ingested something on my own doing and I need to be at fault for that" said Roudebush.
Peyton was at Roudebush's side in the courtroom. The pair are now engaged to be married. Under a plea deal, Roudebush will be sentenced to five years probation in October, including the 55 days he already spent in jail before posting bail.
Roudebush had smoked the substance "spice" or "K2" prior to the incident at the Canal House on Ala Wai Boulevard. The substance is mixture of herbs and spices sprayed with a synthetic chemical similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Spice was legal at the time of the incident and was sold at many head shops on Oahu. The state has since added the active ingredient in spice to the list of controlled substances that require a license to dispense or distribute. It is now a felony to use the active ingredient in spice. A conviction carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.