(KHNL) - A ruling by the Hawaii Parole Board threatens a deal between prosecutors and a killer.
Wednesday, Micah Kanahele decided whether to serve the minimum term the board has set, or pull out of his deal with prosecutors and demand a trial.
Brown prison garb. It's what Micah Kanahele can expect to wear for 25 years. For a man who's 25 years old now, it's a harsh reality he's willing to accept.
"I'm, that I was agreeing to the 25," the convicted killer told the judge.
A jury convicted him of manslaughter in the 2003 shooting death of Greg Morishima in an Aiea carport.
Kanahele then pleaded 'no contest' to murder and attempted murder in a separate case. Prosecutors say he shot two men in the parking lot of the Long's Drugs Store in Pearl City. Guylan Nuuhiwa was killed.
"Guylan and I was close. He loved the ocean. He was an avid athlete. He played basketball," Claudia Nuuhiwa-Alford, murder victim's aunt, said. "How am I missing him? He was like my right arm and my right leg."
A plea agreement with prosecutors called for Kanahele to serve a mandatory minimum of 20 years. But the Hawaii Parole Board decided to increase his minimum to 25 years, causing concern that the deal would fall apart. Here, he agrees to serve the 25, sparing the Nuuhiwa family from going through a trial.
"Even though he killed two people, 25 years will give him enough time to think about what he did," Nuuhiwa-Alford said.