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Calucag Learns Punishment for Stealing Dead Man's Identity

Kristi Elwin Kristi Elwin
Luis Soltren Luis Soltren

Sep 7, 2007 06:02 PM

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Tears and anger fill an Oahu courtroom during a man's sentencing Friday. Henry Calucag Junior was convicted of stealing the identity of a Kauai man who was found dead in the Philippines.

A convicted thief sits in court, hoping the judge will have mercy on him. But family and friends of the victim describe Henry Calucag Junior as a cold and deceitful man.

"At no time did he show any kind of empathy or care or concern or remorse for anybody, for our family," Kristi Elwin, victim's sister in law, said through tears.

Prosecutors say the 58-year-old used forged documents to take possession of land on Kauai belonging to his long-time friend, John Elwin.

"He is a small, little, cowardly man, a man who preyed on someone who gave him nothing but love and trust," Luis Soltren, victim's friend, said.

Last year, authorities in the Philippines found Elwin's body with multiple gunshot wounds.

"It's painful to constantly be reminded of the circumstances," Chris Elwin, victim's brother, said through tears.

"At this stage of the game, your honor, there's no indication that Mr. Calucag had anything to do with the cause of death of, number one, Mr. Elwin or anybody else," Mark Kawata, defense attorney, said.

Calucag doesn't address the court because he's appealing the verdict. The judge sentences him to 30 years in prison.

"I think 30 years is a fair sentence," Chris Elwin said after the hearing. "And I hope the agencies continue with the investigation and we find out who murdered John."

Calucag received a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison because he's a repeat offender.

Five members of the jury that convicted him back in June returned to court Friday to hear his sentence.

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