HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man convicted in what prosecutors say was the random, unprovoked stabbing of two men in Chinatown was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday.
Marsian Aliwis, 38, was originally charged with two counts of second-degree attempted murder. However, a Circuit Court jury found him guilty of the lesser offense of first-degree assault after a week-long trial.
Deputy prosecutor Scott Bell says the two victims were "minding their own business" outside an establishment on Maunakea Street in February 2010, when Aliwis attacked them. Bell says a security camera in the area captured the incident.
The prosecution asked the judge to impose an extended prison term, calling it a necessary move for the protection of the public. Circuit Judge Randal Lee denied that request.
"You cannot walk in the community and just randomly attack people," the judge told Aliwis.
Aliwis was also ordered to pay more than $4,400 in restitution to cover the victims' medical expenses.