HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Big Island man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for murdering a five-year-old girl two years ago.
There's still a chance Anthony Poulin will be back on the streets someday. The life sentence comes with the possibility of parole.
But Circuit Judge Glenn Hara did order Poulin to serve a mandatory minimum of 15 years because his victim was under the age of eight.
Fully shackled and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, the convicted child killer did not make any new statements at sentencing. He earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend's five-year-old daughter, Javieanne Win.
A surveillance camera captured the child talking with Poulin hours before her body was found floating in a bathtub inside a Wainaku apartment in 2009.
"We just want closure. That's all we ask for is closure. We need to move on," Adeline Makuakane, victim's grand aunt, said during the hearing. "I just want everyone here to remember, if you have a child, take care of him or her."
Poulin was originally charged with sexually assaulting the child, as well as domestic abuse, but prosecutors dropped those counts.
The Hawaii Paroling Authority will decide how much time -- beyond the 15 years -- Poulin must serve before being eligible for release.
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