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Man gets 20-year term in fatal beating

By Nelson Daranciang


Circuit Judge Glenn Kim sentenced David Orpin on Wednesday to 20 years in prison for the fatal beating of a homeless man in a church parking lot in Manoa two years ago.

Orpin, 60, was found guilty of manslaughter in August for the October 2010 beating death of Arthur Martinez, 62.

The Hawaii Paroling Authority will decide how much of the 20-year term Orpin must serve before he is eligible for parole.

Police found Martinez's body Oct. 27 in the St. Pius X church parking lot after Orpin went to police headquarters and told an officer he probably needed to be arrested for murder.

Orpin and Martinez were among a number of homeless men living on church property.

The officer said Orpin told him he was harassed by someone, hit the person and that the body was in the church parking lot.

Orpin declined to say anything at his sentencing. He did not testify during his trial.

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ejkorvette wrote:
The right to remain silent does not mean in court sentencing, Unless you bear the burden of guilt. In any event, a life for a life. My heart and sympathy goes out to the deceased and the one sentenced to death.
on November 1,2012 | 04:48AM
soshaljustic wrote:
The right to defend the self from attack on the person, is not upheld equally for all status groups in our society. Clearly this lost right is the largest harm facing the homeless population in Hawaii today!
on November 1,2012 | 06:14AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Oh well, he's set for life!
on November 1,2012 | 11:11AM
alba66 wrote:
With apologies to John Lennon, himself slain but by pistol not by fist I saw the news last night oh boy About a unlucky man who made the GRADE And though the news was rather grim (for him) Well I just had to laugh I saw the mug-shot of his hirsute face He blew his mind out at St. Pius' place He did not care a whit that killing there was too profane A crowd of homeless stood and stared They’d seen his face before Nobody was really sure If he was for real surreal Judge Kim did give it him: full-score, twice ten he meted out to him to mull o’er his sin so grim Sweet Jésu, pity him I
on November 2,2012 | 01:55PM
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