Man gets life sentence for murder of Waianae teacher

Man gets life sentence for murder of Waianae teacher
Tittleman Fauatea
Tittleman Fauatea
Asa Yamashita
Asa Yamashita

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Circuit Judge Rom Trader called Tittleman Fauatea's fatal stabbing of Asa Yamashita a "horrific event" and an "irreparable crime."

"Because of what you've done and the consequences you must suffer, you will remain in custody for the foreseeable future," he told Fauatea.

He sentenced him to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

In February, 2009, Yamashita was sitting on a bench at the Ewa Town Center when Fauatea stabbed her six times with a kitchen knife. Yamashita, 43, was a teacher at Waianae High School. She left behind a husband and two children.

"My daughters and I, we forgive you for what you did. And we mean no ill will toward you," Bryan Yamashita told Fauatea.

During the trial prosecutor Wayne Tashima called the assault on Yamashita a random attack.

"The state cannot forgive the defendant for what he did. I think it was a very heinous crime that he committed," he said.

But Fauatea's attorney, Barry Sooalo, again brought up his client's mental illness.

"The entire record which was submitted for the court's review and consideration included almost 800 pages of medial reports which documented his history of mental illness which started in his adolescence," Sooalo said.

Sooalo asked the judge to waive the state's request that Fauatea pay the Yamashita family $4,733.43 for funeral expenses. Trader denied the request.

Asa Yamashita's sisters were in the courtroom. Her daughters were not there. Bryan Yamashita said offering Fauatea forgiveness is what his wife would have wanted.

"I know it's really hard but through God's help, I was able to say it, I was able to forgive him many years ago," he said.

Trader asked Fauatea if he would like to say something for the court to consider?

"No," Fauatea answered.

The judge said the murder was a tragedy beyond comprehension. He said the 29-year-old Fauatea is a danger to the community.

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