Woman who stabbed elderly mother sentenced to 18 months in jail

Janet Wakimura
Janet Wakimura

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A woman who stabbed her 79-year-old disabled mother, reportedly as part of a suicide pact, was sentenced to 18 months in jail and five years probation Tuesday.

Janet Wakimura, 49, was originally charged with second-degree attempted murder, but pleaded guilty to first-degree assault under a deal with city prosecutors.

Investigators say she stabbed her mother, Yoshi, in the neck in September 2010, but could not go through with killing herself and called police instead. The victim survived the knife attack, but has since died from an unrelated illness.

Wakimura has already served about 13 months while awaiting the outcome of her case. Her attorney requested that she be released immediately, calling the attack a "very isolated incident that occurred under very exceptional circumstances."

But Circuit Judge Randal Lee sided with prosecutors, who argued that Wakimura is not yet ready to return to society.

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