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Ewa Beach man pleads guilty to killing 97-year-old woman

By Gregg K. Kakesako


<br /><br />Jamm Aquino / jaquino@staradvertiser.com<br />Michael P. Dahilig, left, accused of setting a fire at a Pearl City home in which a 97-year-old woman died, pleaded not guilty to arson and other charges Monday.<br />

An Ewa Beach man accused of setting a fire that resulted in the death of a 97-year-old Pearl City woman at her home in March, pleaded guilty in state court today to manslaughter and several burglaries.

Michael P. Dahilig, 35, entered a plea agreement in which he would be sentenced to 35 years in prison and serve a minimum of 11 years before being eligible for parole. 

Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro agreed to drop the arson charge.

Lee is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 20.

Dahilig has been held in Oahu Community Corrections Center since April, when he was indicted by an Oahu grand jury on charges of manslaughter, arson, burglary, attempted burglary and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. His bail had been set at $1 million.

Prosecutors said Dahilig used a lighter torch in an attempt to break into a storage shed of a house at 1888 Hoo­­m­a­lolo St. on March 30. The shed caught fire and Dahilig fled. The fire then spread to the house.

A resident of the house, Betty Hagihara, died in the fire from smoke inhalation. Two other people in the home escaped with the help of a neighbor.

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aomohoa wrote:
What a sad pathetic human being this man is.
on September 12,2012 | 10:48AM
Grimbold wrote:
Does anybody know how that man grew up from toddler to man? Did he have a good father and mother, or was he handed around and was it all chaotic. I believe as long as children grow up in poor conditions their propensity to become like that man is greatly increased. Poor creature, but of course he has to be punished to the maximum allowed by law.
on September 12,2012 | 05:43PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
That is why I keep saying that there should be a registry for burglars and thieves. This man probably has a history of this criminal behavior. Burglars and thieves have a high recidivism rate. Treated sex offenders, on the other hand, have a low recidivism rate. So why not have a registry for those statistically are shown to be repeat offenders? Or is the registry just to further punish a segment of the offenders for life?
on September 12,2012 | 10:52AM
jomama wrote:
He broke into that home like ten times before.
on September 12,2012 | 10:47PM
sukebesan wrote:
Douse him with gasoline and set him ablaze.
on September 12,2012 | 11:23AM
allie wrote:
it might improve his appearance
on September 12,2012 | 02:12PM
FrankieT wrote:
Oh come on sukebesan and allie; if you strongly believe this should be done "Douse him with gasoline and set him ablaze." then you go ahead and light the match if you have the guts which I don't think you do because there is some human in both of you. why tell us to do it. But..... I believe he should have a longer sentence in prison.
on September 12,2012 | 05:07PM
patk wrote:
I would light the match, no problem. After the fire started he should have helped the residents, instead he fled like a coward. I would burn his parents too. Burn any friends that covered up for him. I have no sympathy for anyone associated with this case.
on September 12,2012 | 08:04PM
cojef wrote:
Should be given a choice of self immolation after a bath in gasoline or by hanging over a fire pit. The indictment included arson, but plea bargainig provided the prisoner a way out and plead to a lesser charge of manslaughter. Easy way out.
on September 12,2012 | 11:36AM
allie wrote:
Our inept courts keep releasing people like this. They will continue top be criminals.
on September 12,2012 | 11:38AM
FrankieT wrote:
Up, something should be done to keep these people in prison longer.
on September 12,2012 | 05:08PM
Wow, eleven years for taking the life of another person. Something's not quite right with this picture.
on September 12,2012 | 11:52AM
FrankieT wrote:
on September 12,2012 | 05:08PM
Wahiawamauka wrote:
on September 12,2012 | 06:28PM
Akhmed_PKC wrote:
howz about he does the whole 35 years!
on September 12,2012 | 12:26PM
FrankieT wrote:
Let's hope so
on September 12,2012 | 05:08PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
He should be required to serve at the very least a minimun of 25 years before being eligible for parole release.
on September 12,2012 | 12:41PM
rayhawaii wrote:
Drug dealers keep dealing to make money with no worries about what happens to who. People getting high cause it's something to do and some commit crimes and sent to prison costing us tax payers 100's of millions of $$$$$$$$$$$$'s. Plenty money dumped down the toilet that could go to our schools. Gods waiting for you drug dealers and all the people killed with the drugs you supplied. Easy money not going to make it easy getting into heaven.
on September 12,2012 | 12:49PM
allie wrote:
on September 12,2012 | 02:13PM
patk wrote:
Agree. The people selling him drugs should be set on fire. I forgot to include them with the rest of my burn list above.
on September 12,2012 | 08:09PM
sleepy wrote:
Clownashiro, this guy sucks. Carlisle would have never made that deal.
on September 12,2012 | 05:11PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Maggot! Inadequate sentence issued to this MURDERER!!! Typical of Hawaii Incompetents. Lucky who lives Hawaii!!!
on September 12,2012 | 06:00PM
NotNasti wrote:
He was not charged with murder. In order to prove murder, the prosecutor would have to prove that this guy, when he used a torch to try to break into the shed. intended or knew he was going to kill the occupants of the house. If he had set fire to the house directly, then he would have more than likely been charged with murder. The maximum sentence for manslaughter is 20 years. In essence he is agreeing to serve more than the maximum for manslaughter. Even though he agreed to a minimum of 11 years, with his prior record he will more than likely get a 20 year minimum. I agree with you on one thing . . . he is a Maggot! Especially for coming back the next day, even knowing that someone died, to complete his theft. Drugs = Bad. Ice = Really Bad. I hope he serves all 35 years, because he will probably start using ice the day he gets out.
on September 12,2012 | 06:19PM
ceny2 wrote:
someone dies while he is committing a felony and he only gets 11 years minimum, what a joke
on September 12,2012 | 07:27PM
HD36 wrote:
Eh Bra, you gone lose more den yo hair!
on September 12,2012 | 08:21PM
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