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Man must serve more than six years in Maili manslaughter

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:24 a.m. HST, Dec 6, 2011

Paul Kaeo will have to serve at least six years and eight months of a 20-year  term before being eligible for parole for manslaughter in the beating death of his estranged wife’s boyfriend.

State Circuit Judge Karen Ahn imposed the six-year, eight-month mandatory minimum Monday because Kaeo, 47, is a repeat offender. He has prior convictions for abusing his wife and for sexually assaulting his stepdaughter.

A state jury found Kaeo guilty of manslaughter this summer, rather than murder, for killing Charles Kahumoku Jr. in 2009 with a 2-foot-long metal reinforcing bar in Maili.

Kaeo was on parole for the sexual assaults when he beat Kahumoku. He faces resentencing on those charges in front of a different judge next week.

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