Defendant In Makapuu Police Shootout Pleads Guilty

Peter Moses
Peter Moses

(KHNL) - A man charged with trying to kill a Honolulu police officer during a shootout at Makapuu eight years ago decides to give up his court fight. The re-trial for Peter Moses was set to begin next month.

In 1999, a Circuit Court jury found him guilty of first-degree attempted murder and other offenses stemming from an incident the year before at Makapuu. Prosecutors say police were trying to arrest Moses for breaking into a rental car September 11th, 1998, when Moses grabbed an officer's gun and used it to shoot another officer.

The conviction was later overturned. But Friday, the defendant agreed to a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree attempted murder, as well as the other offenses as charged.

"This is an excellent resolution of a case that's dragged on much, much too long," Rom Trader, deputy prosecutor, said. "This plea essentially spared three police officers from having to re-live the terrible ordeal that this defendant put them through."

Moses faces life in prison with the possibility of parole. He's scheduled to be sentenced March 5th.