Suspected arsonist pleads guilty, agrees to 10-year prison term

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man accused of torching his apartment building in McCully earlier this year pleaded guilty to second-degree arson Wednesday.

Kevin Yang, 30, was originally charged with first-degree arson, a class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Under a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to the lesser offense and agreed to a 10-year prison sentence.

The fire on Hauoli Street February 26th destroyed two apartment units, damaged two others, and caused an estimated $600,000 in damages.

A judge ruled in September that Yang was mentally fit to stand trial, after a panel of doctors examined him. The defendant was scheduled to go to trial next month.

Circuit Judge Edwin Nacino will formally sentence Yang February 23, 2011.

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