HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 59-year-old Kapaa man was sentenced Thursday to 20 years behind bars for shooting his housemate in the chest and face in October 2016.
Jeffrey Scot Simpson was convicted of attempted manslaughter in connection with the crime.
Simpson’s defense attorney had asked that he be placed on probation instead of serve time.
But Chief Judge Randal G.B. Valenciano denied that request and handed down the hefty sentence instead.
On Oct. 9, 2016, Simpson broke down the door to his housemate’s room as he slept, and shot him in the chest and face. The victim survived and required extensive rehabilitation on Oahu for his injuries.
Simpson fled the scene, turning himself in to police the next day.
Following the sentencing hearing, Simpson was taken into custody to begin serving his sentence.
Prosecutor Justin F. Kollar said the victim is “fortunate to be alive” in the case.
“The suffering will never end for him; he faces a lifetime of challenges because of the defendant’s wanton act of violence,” Kollar said, in a news release. "Although nothing can make up for that suffering, we are satisfied that the defendant will now face the consequences of his actions and will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.”