Man who fatally stabbed woman in random attack gets life sentence

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man who stabbed a woman to death in a random attack while he was drunk three years ago was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole Tuesday.

Sato Sigrah, 22, apologized for his actions and agreed to a condition under a plea deal that he serve no less than 35 years.

Prosecutors say he was highly intoxicated when he broke into a Kapiolani Boulevard apartment and killed Lyola Mesebeluu, 26, who was sleeping at the time. The victim's husband and their two-year-old daughter recovered from their injuries.

"We're still hurting from us, you know, for everything that he did," Ashley Kazuma, victim's cousin, said. "The daughter is going to live the rest of her life with no mom."

"I know it's hard for you and your family because it's going to be hard for me, too," the convicted murderer said. "I'll live the rest of my life knowing that I attacked an innocent family."

Sigrah pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and two counts of assault. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a charge that could have given him Hawaii's stiffest punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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