Kauai murderer to serve at least 30 years

KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Paroling Authority determined Thursday that convicted murderer Joseph Hoapili should serve at least 30 years of his life sentence for the slaying of his wife, Fredlynn Hoapili.

On March 3, 2009, Joseph Hoapili brutally and repeatedly stabbed his wife of 35 years as she lay asleep.

Hoapili's son witnessed the vicious attack and called 911 as he helplessly watched his father stab his mother in the heart numerous times with a large kitchen knife.

Hoapili was convicted of Second Degree Murder and sentenced to life with the possibility of parole by Judge Randal Valenciano on March 25, 2010.

After sentencing, the Hawaii Paroling Authority held a hearing on December 16, 2010 to set Hoapili's minimum term of imprisonment. At the hearing, the Paroling Authority took argument from the both the prosecution and defense before rendering its final decision.

Prosecuting Attorney Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho appeared on behalf of the state. Hoapili's attorney, John Calma, who represented him at the initial sentencing, also represented him at the minimum term hearing.

"The Defendant's cruel and callous actions ended the life of Fredlynn Hoapili, a beloved mother, a daughter, a grandmother, a sister, an aunt, and a friend." said prosecuting attorney Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho. "Her family and friends described her as a joyful and loving person, always smiling, laughing and cheerful."

Iseri-Carvalho also highlighted Hoapili's lengthy and violent history of domestic violence and drug abuse.

"This was not an act of passion, there was no love in continually stabbing his wife over and over and over again. This was a heartless, selfish, heinous crime and Defendant needs to be held accountable."

Hoapili apologized for his actions, but attempted to explain that he killed his wife because he believed that she was having an affair. IseriCarvalho, however, pointed out that an extensive and thorough investigation proved that Hoapili's belief was completely unfounded, and solely a product of his obsessive paranoia.

The Paroling Authority issued an order in March 2011 setting Hoapili's minimum term to expire on February 23, 2039.

This means that if Hoapili serves the minimum term, he would be 82 before becoming eligible for release.

"We're extremely pleased with the Paroling Authority's decision in this case" said Iseri-Carvalho after receiving the ruling. "We hope that the assurance of the extended sentence will provide comfort and security for Fredlynn's family after such a tragic loss."