POSTED: 09:37 p.m. HST, Feb 19, 2011
A hearing to determine if a Big Island man who beat his estranged pregnant girlfriend to death will receive a life sentence will be held on March 30.
A jury found Marwan Jackson guilty of manslaughter earlier this month in the 2005 beating death of 34-year-old Sarah Fay.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Jackson on Thursday waived his right to have a jury determine if he'll receive an extended sentence as a persistent offender.
Hilo Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura will determine if Jackson will receive a life sentence with the possibility of parole.
Jackson has four prior felony convictions, including assaults, one of which was on a police officer. Manslaughter normally carries a maximum 20-year prison term.
Jackson was also convicted of violating a protective order for the assault on Fay.