Man Sentenced for Rape of Elderly Woman

David Baldaino
David Baldaino

(KHNL) - Prosecutors say David Baldaino's wife refused to have sex with him, so he walked across the street, broke into his elderly neighbor's home and raped her. On Wednesday, a judge sentenced him for the crime.

He's either a monster or an upstanding citizen, depending on who you ask.

"His history speaks volumes into the state's rendition of this defendant as a sexual predator," Lori Wada, deputy prosecutor, said.

"He is not just one thing. He has many sides. He's complex as any, many people are," Debra Loy, deputy public defender said.

David Baldaino admits he broke into his elderly neighbor's home while she was sleeping, and raped her at knife-point. The woman, who's now 86, is too traumatized to speak at the sentencing. She sends a letter instead.

"I had imagined my final years to be peaceful and stress free. You have taken that away from me. Every night, I barricade myself inside my bedroom, and wake with a start at any sound," the victim's letter said.

Under a plea deal with prosecutors, the 38-year-old is sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex assault, kidnapping and burglary, followed by 10 years in prison for failing to meet sex offender registry requirements.

Prosecutors say since the attack, the victim has put in locks on her bedroom door, has frosted the windows at her home and has installed motion detectors around her property. One reason prosecutors entered into the plea agreement is to spare the victim from having to testify at a trial.

"Do you want to say anything?" Circuit Judge Richard Perkins asked the defendant.

"Not at this point, your honor," Baldaino replied.

Like his victim, Baldaino chooses to write down his statements to the court.

"I can only hope and pray that she can put behind her the pain and undue stress my actions have caused," his letter said.

The defendant was already a convicted sex offender at the time of this rape. The Hawaii Parole Board will decide how much of the 30 years Baldaino must serve before he is eligible for parole.