Man gets mandatory 20 years in double shooting

HONOLULU (AP) - A man who shot two people in an Oahu park in 2011 has received a mandatory 20-year prison sentence.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says 45-year-old Richard P. Silva was charged with attempted murder, but a jury found him guilty of lesser crimes, including assault and using a firearm to commit the assault.

Silva claims the shooting was in self-defense. But Circuit Judge Randal Lee said he believes Silva went to Kipapa Park in Mililani with a gun and shot two men because he held a grudge over a beating he took in high school.

The judge on Tuesday imposed the 20-year term for the firearm conviction and ordered that Silva serve at least three years before becoming eligible for parole.

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