LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - 27-year-old Steven M. Wilson of Kapa'a was today sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the murder of 21-year-old Kendra Elizabeth Lewis.
On April 26th, 2013, Lewis was found dead from multiple stab wounds in the unit the two shared at the Kawaihau Sports Villas. It is believed that Wilson may have committed the crime as early as April 11th.
"This was a classic example of "break-up violence" and a domestic violence homicide," stated Deputy Prosecutor Melinda Mendes in Court. "The Defendant killed Kendra because she wanted to leave the relationship."
Fifth Circuit Court Judge Kathleen N.A. Watanabe handed down the sentence after hearing arguments from Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Melinda K. Mendes and court-appointed defense counsel Craig A. De Costa. Lewis's mother and sister both traveled from the mainland to make statements at the hearing.
Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar thanked the investigators, prosecutors and victim/witness staff who helped to bring the case to a close: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Kendra Lewis. This was a senselessly savage and tragic crime. Domestic violence has silenced too many voices in our community, and we need to do all we can to end this terrible scourge. While no sentence can ever undo what he did, we are satisfied he will spend a very long time in prison, and we hope that this resolution can bring some measure of relief to Kendra's family."