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Accused Killer Strikes Plea Agreement, Lessens Jail Time

Micah Kanahele will serve 20 years behind bars as part of plea agreement. Micah Kanahele will serve 20 years behind bars as part of plea agreement.
Raymond Kanahele, right, lends his sympathy to Gary Morishima the victim's brother. Raymond Kanahele, right, lends his sympathy to Gary Morishima the victim's brother.

(KHNL) -- The families of two men who were shot to death three years ago gathered in court for the killer's sentencing Wednesday.

Micah Kanahele will serve 20 years in prison for both killings, under a plea agreement with prosecutors.

"We the family of the deceased, Greg Morishima, feel that the maximum penalty under the law be given," Gary Morishima, victim's brother, said.

Greg Morishima was gunned down, while visiting a friend in an Aiea carport on October 26, 2003. In two previous trials, prosecutors failed to get a murder conviction. The second jury went with the lesser charge of manslaughter for Kanahele.

"He has destroyed our family by this senseless killing, and has left a void in everyone's life," Gary Morishima said.

Last month, the defendant pleaded 'no contest' to murder and attempted murder in a separate case. Prosecutors say he shot two men in the parking lot of the Pearl City Long's Drugs Store on November 1, 2003. Guylan Nuuhiwa was killed.

"You've taken away a life from us," said Claudia Nuuhiwa-Alford, the victim's aunt. "Our family will never be the same."

Under the deal with prosecutors, Kanahele could still withdraw his 'no contest' pleas in the Pearl City Long's murder case. That's if the Hawaii Parole Board sets the minimum term he must serve at more than 20 years.

"They'll put him away for 20 years," Gary Morishima said. "But is that justification for killing someone?"

The killer did not address the victims' families. But his uncle and father offered handshakes and apologies.

"I'm sorry for all the family that had lost their relatives," Raymond Kanahele said.

The judge also ordered Kanahele to pay restitution. Charges against Kanahele's co-defendants in the Morishima slaying were dismissed.

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