Former police officer pleads guilty to botched robbery at parents' home

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former Honolulu police officer faces an 18-month jail sentence after pleading guilty Wednesday to a botched robbery at his parents' Laie home.

Investigators say Kip Orton, 42, burst through a locked bedroom door wielding a knife, and demanded $500 plus his elderly father's prescription medication. The former officer sustained a gunshot wound to his upper chest during the ensuing struggle with his 72-year-old father, who is legally blind.

The defendant was originally charged with first-degree robbery, a class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. But he cut a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Deputy prosecutor Scott Spallina says Orton's parents wanted the plea agreement.

Sentencing is set for June 1st.

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