When he returned as Prosecuting Attorney in October 2010, Keith Kaneshiro immediately began to change the culture of the department.


The result of these policies is that the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney is now filled with high-quality attorneys who are working hard for the people of Honolulu. They are dedicated to the safety of this city, and are receiving the training, management, and leadership that gets results.


Below are just some of the cases handled by Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys during Keith Kaneshiro’s two-year term. As you can see, they are doing the important  and noble job of keeping our city safe.


Notable Cases:

May 2011 – Susan Shaw sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to 140 counts of theft, identity theft, credit card theft and forgery.

June 2011 – Judge rejects murder charge but finds Michael Robles guilty of manslaughter in death of taxi driver Charlys Tang. Robles sentenced to 20 years.

August 2011 – Jury finds Paul Kaeo guilty of lesser charge of reckless manslaughter in fatal pipe beating of Charles Kahumoku. Kaeo sentenced to 20 years in prison.

September 2011 – Jury finds Joshua Williams guilty of murder in death and dismemberment of Jamil Khan. Williams sentenced to life in prison.

November 2011 – Jury finds Aaron Susa guilty of murder in death of tourist Bryanne Antone. Susa sentenced to life in prison.

December 2011 – Bradley International pleads no contest to animal cruelty charges in connection with Waimanalo puppy mill.

December 2011 – Jury finds Makuola Collins guilty of murder in shooting of Joel Botelho.

February 2012 – Convicted pimp Joseph Vaimili, who had been a fugitive on the mainland, sentenced to 40 years in prison.

February 2012 – Albert Birmingham sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading no contest to negligent homicide in death of Raelynn Adams during confrontation in drive-thru of Nanakuli McDonalds.

February 2012 – Jury finds Kilani Derego guilty of murder in beating death of taxi driver Charlys Tang.

February 2012 – Joseph Pasion sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree assault in connection with shooting at Aiea Bowl.

February 2012 – Marsian Aliwis sentenced to 10 years in prison after jury finds him guilty of first-degree assault in connection with unprovoked knife attack of two men in Chinatown.

March 2012 – Judge sentences Bladesin-Isaiah Bailey and Andrew Josiah Rodriguez to eight-year prison terms for kidnapping of teenager.

March 2012 – Joshua Yoshimura, one of two men who tried to burglarize a house while it was being fumigated, sentenced to 10 years in prison. Earlier, a judge sentenced his partner, James Malgana, to five years probation.

March 2012 – Matthew Kupa gets five years probation in beating of former boxer Andy Ganigan.

April 2012 – Christopher Yamashiro sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex assault and enticement of a child.

April 2012 – Six members of Occupy Honolulu movement plead no contest to charges of violating park closure rules and are granted six-month deferrals.

April 2012 – Jury finds Corbit Ahn guilty of murder, sexual assault in beating and strangulation of Iris Rodrigues-Kaikana.

April 2012 – Judge sentences Christopher Alesna to 20 years in prison with mandatory minimum of 10 years for shooting of Kai Phantanouvong during confrontation at Ala Moana Park.

April 2012 – Judge sentences Scott Seefeldt to 10 years in prison for sexual assault on two boys.

April 2012 – Judge sentences Ian Coen to maximum one-year prison term for unlawful imprisonment in taking of 4-year-old girl from Ewa Beach yard.

April 2012 – Cody Onikuza pleads guilty to two counts of harrassment by stalking in connection with first “sexting” case to be charged in Hawaii.

May 2012 – Jury finds Tevita Aholelei guilty of manslaughter in one-punch death of Solomone Niusini outside Kapalama bar.

May 2012 – Judge grants deferral to former police officer Dave Furtado, who pleaded guilty to identity theft and forgery in bogus overtime scheme.

May 2012 – Judge sentences Kelsey Palisbo to 18 months in prison and five years probation for embezzling $115,000 from Kreative Kamaaina Enterprises during a 21-month period from 2009 to 2010.

May 2012 – Judge sentences Douglas Curtis to 10-year prison term for fleeing the scene after his SUV struck and killed 18-year-old bicyclist Zachary Manago.

May 2012 – Judge sentences Judy Vierra to 20-year prison term for using a computer to commit theft in the first degree. Vierra, a former bookeeper for Mission Houses Museum, stole more than $50,000 by giving herself pay raises.

June 2012 – Judge sentences James Kaleopaa Jr. to 20 years in prison, with 10-year minimum for using a firearm, after he pleads no contest in connection with Aiea home invasion robbery in which he posed as a police officer.

June 2012 – Judge sentences Jhondireck Agpaoa to 10 years in prison after he pleads guilty to sex assault-2 charges involving an 11-year-old girl.

June 2012 – Judge sentences David Harraway to 10 years in prison after he pleads guilty to drug and weapons charges.

June 2012 – Judge sentences Kilani Derego to life in prison with the possibility of parole for murder of taxi driver Charlys Tang.

June 2012 – David Lee Becker, manager of the Waimanalo puppy mill, is extradited from Las Vegas to face animal cruelty charges. Judge sets bail at $200,000.

July 2012 – Corbit Ahn sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the strangulation and beating of Iris Rodrigues-Kaikana.

July 2012 – Judge sentences Tevita Aholelei to 20 years in prison for beating death of Solomone Niusini.

July 2012 – Toi Nofoa, acquitted of murdering Royal Kaukani, is convicted of kidnapping her in a case that preceded her death. Nofoa was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

July 2012 – Cody Mikami sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the beating of 85-year-old Mary Lee Koskinen. Mikami’s accomplice, Zachary Robinson, is sentenced to 30 years in prison.

July 2012 – Makuola Collins sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the execution-style shooting of his high school football teammate Joel Botelho.

July 2012 – Trey Akana-Pulido sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in the attempted robbery of Zales Waikele.

August 2012 – Douglas Freeman pleads guilty to reckless endangering and carrying a firearm without a permit in a road rage incident in which he fired shots at another motorist. Freeman faces a 10-year sentence.

August 2012 – Dr. Dennis Ayon, accused of soliciting a former patient to kill his ex-wife, is convicted by jury of criminal solicitation to commit third-degree assault.

August 2012 – Jury finds David Orpin guilty of manslaughter in the bludgeoning of Arthur Martinez in a Manoa church parking lot. Orpin faces 20-year term.

August 2012 – Tyson Dagley pleads no contest to negligent homicide in the third degree in connection with jet ski crash that killed Kristin Fonseca. Both are tourists, Dagley from Australia and Fonseca from California.

September 2012 – Michael Dahilig, charged with manslaughter in the death of 97-year-old Betty Hagihara, pleads guilty and agrees to serve a 35-year prison sentence with an 11-year, eight-month minimum.

September 2012 – Waianae pig hunter Franklin dela Cruz pleads no contest to three animal cruelty charges related to a video posted on Facebook that showed two dogs mauling a pig in an enclosure while several men and boys cheered.

September 2012 – Serial forger Denise Foster sentenced to 20 years in prison for handing out thousands of dollars in bogus checks for everything from a $20,000 to KHON-TV’s Lokahi program to paying for breast implants.

September 2012 – Patrick Deguair Jr., who beat murder and attempted murder charges and was identified as a suspect in another murder, is found guilty as charged of robbery and kidnapping in invasion-style break-in at Aiea Cue. He faces a 20-year sentence.

September 2012 – Travis Murray pleads no contest to negligent homicide and two counts of assault for his role in the car crash that killed 11-year-old Samuel Kassebeer in Waimanalo in 2010. Murray will be sentenced to five years in prison. Murray and Herbert Kaio-Campbell were racing when Kaio-Campbell’s car struck another car, killing Kassebeer. Kaio-Campbell pleased no contest to manslaughter and two counts of assault, but killed himself on the day he was to be sentenced.

September 2012 – Potasi Uta pleads guilty as charged to negligent homicide, four counts of negligent injury and feeling the scene in connection with an incident in which he crashed his car into a Makaha bus stop where a homeless family was waiting, killing a 3-year-old boy. Uta will be sentenced to 20 years in prison.

September 2012 – Tyler Condon pleads guilty to murder in the 2007 stabbing of is cousin. In exchange for his plea, the prosecutor’s office will recommend that he be eligible for parole after 30 years. Condon was found guilty in 2009 and sentenced to life with a 60-year minimum. However, the verdict was overturned on appeal because of improper comments by former prosecutor Franklin Pacarro during closing arguments.

October 2012 – Pyong “Peter” Pak pleads guilty as charged to 80 felony identity theft charges for leading an identity theft ring that victimized 256 victims and caused $218,500 in losses. Pak was the last of 14 defendants to be convicted. He will be sentenced to a 20-year prison term with a mandatory minimum of 13 years and four months. There was no plea agreement.

October 2012 – Kyer Valeros pleads no contest (as charged) to manslaughter and assault in the second degree in connection with a 2011 freeway crash that killed a passenger in his minivan. Valeros had consumed at least six beers and 10 shots of a liqueur when he got behind the wheel. There was no plea agreement.

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