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Man pleads guilty to deadly home invasion in Waialae Nui

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One of two men accused of a deadly home invasion in Waialae Nui last year has agreed to testify against his co-defendant under a plea deal that spares him from a possible life sentence with no chance of parole.

Zachary Robinson, 20, pleaded guilty Wednesday to manslaughter, first-degree assault and first-degree robbery.

He originally was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, second-degree attempted murder and first-degree robbery, and faced Hawaii's stiffest punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole, if convicted, because there was more than one victim and the one who died was over the age of 60.

"He's very remorseful," Alvin Nishimura, defense attorney, said. "Obviously, he wishes this never occurred. This is another by-product of the drug problem in the state."

Prosecutors say Robinson and Cody Mikami stormed into a house on Halekoa Drive on January 21, 2010, and beat Mary Lee Koskinen, 85, and her live-in caretaker, Matthew Edmondson, 40. According to court documents, police found a brick and a tire iron covered with blood, as well as illegal drugs inside the home.

"Prosecutors agreed with us that (Robinson) was the less culpable," Nishimura said.

Robinson also pleaded guilty to an unrelated burglary. Under the agreement with prosecutors, he will receive a 30-year prison term that covers both cases when he is sentenced August 22nd.

Mikami is scheduled to go to trial in July.

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