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Hawaii island man sentenced to 20 years in child's death

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:28 a.m. HST, Sep 27, 2012

A Circuit Court judge sentenced a 37-year-old Hawaii island man Tuesday to a maximum 20 years in prison for the death of 3-year-old Marley Makanani and for abuse of her mother and two sisters, ages 2 and 6.

Ezekiel Wakinekona pleaded guilty June 8 to manslaughter in the Jan. 15 death of Makanani, who suffered brain damage from a near drowning, head trauma and abdominal injuries.

Court affidavits showed Wakinekona found the 3-year-old partially submerged in the bathtub. She was in a coma from the near-drowning and physical abuse. The emergency room doctor found several bruises on her legs and a laceration on her hip consistent with child abuse.

Judge Ronald Ibarra sentenced Wakinekona to 20 years’ imprisonment to run concurrently with the one year.

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aomohoa wrote:
This is what an very evil man looks like!
on September 25,2012 | 07:42PM
Forever_Grateful wrote:
Evil is UGLY and he is just that !!!!
on September 26,2012 | 05:31AM
Forever_Grateful wrote:
Justice served for precious Makanani !! NOW "where's Peter Boy?" I still think of him and wonder about him after all these years and how his parents got away with his disappearance. And moreso, how they could live with themselves. I don't understand how this case got dropped and his parents allowed to carry on as if nothing happened. God Bless you Peter Boy!!!!
on September 25,2012 | 07:43PM
Mana07 wrote:
20 years??!! He should be beaten and drowned. 20 years doesn't scratch the surface of punishment for what this monster did to three precious children.
on September 25,2012 | 08:06PM
jyl wrote:
There is no death penalty?? Hawaii should bring it back...
on September 26,2012 | 03:17AM
808chubs wrote:
The child's mother is just as guilty. Hopefully, State does not return Journey and Taimane to Tasha Nihau-Lindsey, sorry excuse for a parent.
on September 27,2012 | 04:48AM
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