Kahaluu landlord pleads no contest for the killing of tenant

He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison

Kahaluu landlord pleads no contest for the killing of tenant
Photo of Samuel Campiformio when he appeared in court in November of 2018. (Hawaii News Now) (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A landlord who was accused of killing his tenant during a fight last year in Kahaluu pleaded no contest to manslaughter on Friday.

41-year-old Samuel Campiformio was initially charged with second degree murder in connection with the killing of 23-year-old Kenneth Ratzlaff.

Court documents say a witness heard yelling coming from a storage container at the property on Aha’olelo Road where Ratzlaff’s body was discovered on November 1.

A witness who spoke to Hawaii News Now last year said Ratzlaff’s body appeared to have stab wounds to his torso.

Campiformio’s girlfriend told investigators he wasn’t acting like himself because he was high on meth.

Under the plea deal, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for manslaughter, versus life in prison for the murder charge.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 4.

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