Former Kauai woman resentenced for 1997 murder, kidnapping

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Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 5:44 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former Kauai resident was resentenced to life in prison Thursday for a 1997 kidnapping and murder.

A court sentenced Monica Alves, also known as Monica Peralto, to serve a 20-year term for kidnapping followed by a life term for second-degree murder with the possibility of parole for her role in killing Kimberly Washington-Cohen.

Alves and her ex-husband, Mitchell Peralto, were convicted during a trial in 1998 after Washington-Cohen was found bound and suffocated in Wailua.

Officials said the couple left Washington-Cohen to die near Nounou Road.

Alves was originally sentenced to serve consecutive terms of life without the possibility of parole for murder and life with the possibility of parole for kidnapping.

The 54-year-old had tried to appeal her conviction for more than 20 years.

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