Teen pleads guilty to stabbing classmate at Kalani High

Zoe Michael Espinola pleads guilty
Zoe Michael Espinola pleads guilty

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A teen accused of stabbing a classmate at Kalani High last year struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Monday.

Zoe Michael Espinola, 18, was originally charged with attempted murder, which carries a punishment of life in prison with the possibility of parole if convicted. But under the agreement with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of attempted manslaughter, and faces a term of 18 months in jail and 10 years probation when he is sentenced June 27th.

Espinola was 17, when he stabbed his 16-year-old teammate from the school's swim team during math class in May 2010. At the time of the attack, fellow students said the dispute was over a girl.

Last month, Family Court waived jurisdiction over the defendant and sent the case to adult court.

Espinola will get credit for the time he has already served, including his initial period of incarceration at a youth detention center.

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