Final inmate charged with Waiawa prison breakout pleads guilty

Elijah Keakahumoku
Elijah Keakahumoku

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The fourth and final suspect charged with breaking out of the Waiawa Correctional Facility three months ago ended his court fight Thursday.

Elijah Keakahumoku pleaded guilty to second-degree escape before Circuit Judge Karen Ahn. The inmate faces an additional five years in prison when he is sentenced November 29th.

Keakahumoku, David Carvalho, Jr., George Thomas and Jordan White managed to get out of their housing unit, scale a couple of fences and bolt from the minimum security facility in June.

Some corrections officers assigned to Waiawa blamed a staffing shortage for the escape. However, the head of Hawaii's prison system said the manpower that night was "adequate."

The escape led to a two-day, island-wide manhunt.

Thomas and White will be sentenced in October. Carvalho's sentencing is set for November.

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