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Man must serve more than six years in Maili manslaughter

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:24 a.m. HST, Dec 06, 2011

Paul Kaeo, right, was on trial for the May 8, 2009, beating death of Charles Kahumoku Jr.  He must serve more than six years in prison.

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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