Man pleads guilty to murdering woman in her own apartment

Sato Sigrah
Sato Sigrah

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man set to go to trial next week for allegedly stabbing a woman to death while she was sleeping in her own apartment in 2008 gave up his court fight and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday.

Sato Sigrah, 21, was originally charged with five felonies, including first-degree attempted murder because there were multiple victims. If convicted of that offense, he would have faced the state's harshest punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors say Sigrah was 19 years old and drunk, when he broke into an apartment on Kapiolani Boulevard and fatally stabbed Lyola Mesebeluu, 26. The victim's husband and their two-year-old daughter also suffered injuries.

Under a deal with city prosecutors, Sigrah pleaded guilty to four counts -- second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, and two counts of first-degree assault. He will be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole, and has agreed to serve a minimum term of 35 years.

In exchange, prosecutors reduced two of the counts and will drop the most serious charge against him.

Sentencing is set for July 5th.

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