HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Alexander Malani Gambsky was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with time served and without the possibility of parole on Wednesday.
Gambsky pleaded no contest to manslaughter in January. His wife, Dawn, went missing in 2008. Eventually, her body was recovered in the backyard of the home the two shared in Orchidland Estates.
"Ever since this happened I've been in counseling. I have nightmares. I can't sleep. I cry. I don't know what happened to my sister" said the victim's brother, Police Sergeant Lorence Jove Jr. Dawn's mother also spoke at the sentencing.
"This is the last thing in the world I would have ever expected. They were together for 18 years. My daughter was a good woman" said Pamela Mancilla.
Alexander Gambsky, didn't speak, nor acknowledge the family of the victim, sitting silently as Judge Greg Nakamura sentenced him to 20 years with time served after he pleaded no contest to manslaughter in January.
"To wonder what her last moments were like, to wonder the pain she felt or the fear, and to not get an explanation, to not get an apology, not even a two second look-over and an I'm sorry. No eye contact, just in my opinion there's no remorse" said Jove afterwards.
Dawn's friends--not her husband---reported her missing in July of 2008, saying they hadn't seen her in months. On August 8th, her remains were discovered buried in the couple's backyard.
However, the case went cold, as former prosecutors felt they couldn't convict.
"We looked at it and said, this is very provable. We just need to do a little bit more work and so we got together with the police, we did a lot more investigation and we were able to get the indictment" said current Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth.
That was in 2013. Today was the culmination of their efforts, and the start of the healing for Dawn's family.
Said Jove; "The pain and the loss will never go away but there's some consolation that the right thing is being done by the state of Hawaii and prosecutors office".