HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Big Island judge has sentenced a man to life in prison for a 2012 murder in Puna.
Kawena Krause pleaded no contest to second-degree murder for the killing of Dante Peter Gilman.
Krause's attorney Christopher Bridges told the judge his client is remorseful but didn't act deliberately. Bridges says Krause was tricked by his cousin into going to Gilman's home in Hawaiian Acres. He says the cousin hit Gilman in the face with a gun and forced Krause to "silence" him. That's when Krause choked Gilman.
At his sentencing Tuesday, Hilo Circuit Judge Glenn Hara challenged Krause to hold his breath for a minute. Hara noted Krause choked Gilman for more than two minutes.