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Hilo man sentenced to life in prison for drowning 5-year-old girl in bathtub

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 3:20 a.m. HST, Nov 2, 2011

HILO » A Hilo man who pleaded guilty to drowning a 5-year-old girl in a bathtub will spend at least 15 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

Anthony Poulin was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for murdering his girlfriend's daughter Javieanne Win two years ago.

Hawaii News Now reports that because the victim was younger than 8, Poulin was ordered to serve a mandatory minimum of 15 years.

The girl was seen on surveillance camera footage talking with Poulin hours before her body was found floating in a bathtub of a Wainaku apartment. 

Poulin did not make any statements in court.

The victim's grand aunt, Adeline Makuakane, says the family wants closure and to move on.

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