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3rd Waiawa escapee pleads guilty

By Gregg K. Kakesako

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LAST UPDATED: 09:21 a.m. HST, Sep 02, 2011


The third Waiawa Correctional Facility prisoner charged with escaping from the minimum security prison two months ago pleaded guilty Thursday and faces up to five more years in prison.

David Carvalho, Jr., 40, pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree escape, a class C felony. Circuit Judge Karen Ahn will sentence him in November.

The fourth escapee - Elijah Ke-A-Kahumoku  --  is scheduled for a change of plea motion before Ahn Sept. 8 at 11:45 a.m.

On Aug. 18, Jordan White pleaded guilty to second-degree escape and George Thomas pleaded no contest to second-degree escape. They each face a maximum of five years in prison. The two will be sentenced Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. in Ahn's courtroom. 

The four got out of their housing unit at the minimum security facility June 25 by scaling two six-foot fences, and walked off the property undetected. 

After an island-wide search police caught White and Ke-A-Kahumoku at an apartment complex in Wahiawa June 27. Thomas and David Carvalho, Jr.  were arrested in the parking lot of the Pagoda Hotel the same day.

The inmates are now being housed at the high-security Halawa Correctional Facility.

Inmates at Waiawa have four years or less on their minimum term, or four years or less on their maximum sentence, 

White, 20, transferred to Waiawa two years ago to complete a sentence for three felonies and would have been eligible for parole Nov. 20.

Thomas, 24, had felony convictions for promoting a dangerous drug, car theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. He would have been eligible for parole in 2013.







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