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Kalihi man gets life sentence for murdering his mother

KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A court interpreter spoke to Charly Hernane in Filipino, translating what Circuit Court Judge Rom Trader said in English.

"It is the judgement and the sentence of this court that you be directed to the custody of the director of the Department of Public Safety for a term of incarceration of life with the possibility of parole," he said.

On May 11, 2011, Hernane used a butcher knife to murder his adoptive mother.  Teresita Hernane's jugular6 vein was cut. She also suffered a heart attack. Her brother and his wife were in court, along with her sister.

"I'm going to say thank you to everybody to finish this case. Maybe my sister, she's happy right now, wherever she stay," Leonida Aquino told reporters.

Hernane, 29, was arrested at Kalakaua District Park. His clothes were stained with his mother's blood.

"The one person that was trying her best to help you is the one person that you killed," Trader said

Early in the case Hernane's mental state was an issue but he was found fit for trial.  Prosecutor Darrell Wong said Hernane was addicted to ICE.

"What was the motive? But yet there is a motive. And I think we need to make a record of that.  It was based on the defendant's meth amphetamine dependence," he told the judge.

Teresita Hernane was 56. She adopted Charly Hernane when he was a child in the Philippines. He declined to say anything in court.

"At this point what I'm going to do is present these mitigating circumstances to the parole board at our minimum sentence," deputy public defender Alan Komagome said.

The judge said Hernane took the life of a "very good woman" and caused an "incredible amount of harm."

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