HONOLULU (KHNL) - A 41-year-old Kauai man was convicted of assault in the second degree and operating a care home without a license.
Police say in December of 2004, Jason Craig arranged to care for 82-year-old Ryoji Hirokawa, who was stricken with Parkinson's disease and dementia, at the rate of $4000 a month.
Hirokawa was found to be emaciated, extremely weak and dehydrated three months later. He lost 20 pounds while under Craig's care. Hirokawa was taken to a hospital for treatment but died several months later at a nursing home.
Craig faces a possible 5-year prison term with a mandatory minimum sentence of one-year and eight months. He also faces up to a $10,000 fine for assault in the second degree and $2000 fine for operating a care home without a license.