LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Lihue man who fatally stabbed a man in 2015 has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
38-year-old Francisco Keola Manuel received his sentence Thursday by fifth circuit Chief Judge Randal Valenciano.
Just after midnight on Sept. 26, 2015, Manuel was with his then-girlfriend Jasmine Duque and Gary Allianic, Jr. at the Garden Island BBQ restaurant in Lihue.
A fight erupted and Manuel stabbed Allianic, killing him. Manuel also stabbed Duque in the back when she got between him and Allianic.
Duque was pregnant at the time.
An autopsy revealed that Allianic died from a three-inch deep stab would to his chest that punctured his right lung.
Manuel and Duque fled the scene on foot and Duque was alter dropped off at Wilcox Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Kauai police apprehended Manuel the next afternoon.
In March, Manuel pleaded no contest to one count of manslaughter and one count of second degree stabbing.
"This defendant's reckless and callous action shave inflicted tremendous pain and suffering on the surviving friends and family of Gary Allianic, Jr. It is our hope that this sentence will give them the closure that can help them move forward in their lives," prosecuting attorney Justin Kollar said.