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Man sentenced to life for fatal stabbing of Waianae teacher

By Ken Kobayashi

LAST UPDATED: 04:21 p.m. HST, Jun 25, 2013

A state judge sentenced today a man with a long history of mental illness to a life term with possibility of parole for the 2009  murder of popular Waianae High School teacher Asa Yamashita.

Circuit Judge Rom Trader sentenced Tittleman Fauatea, 29, to the mandatory life term.

In a nonjury trial in March, Trader rejected the insanity defense and found Fauatea guilty of the stabbing at the Ewa Town Center Feb. 27, 2009.

During today’s hearing, Bryan Yamashita, the victim’s husband, told Fauatea that what he did was “horrible and terrible,” but he said he holds no “ill will” toward him and forgives him.

Fauatea chose not to say anything before sentencing.

His lawyer, Barry Sooalo, said he plans to appeal, citing what he said was the “overwhelming evidence” that his client was insane.

Trader also ordered Fauatea to pay restitution of $4,733 for funeral expenses and $4,197 to the Crime Victim Compensation fund.

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Aieagrl wrote:
A noose is much cheaper than a life sentence.
on June 25,2013 | 12:21PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Not when you consider the costs of the appeals which run into the millions.
on June 25,2013 | 01:55PM
aomohoa wrote:
I guess you didn't read what Aieagirl wrote. It's the same as what you said.
on June 25,2013 | 04:40PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Takes at least three times of dropping his dead weight from the noose to break his neck and die.
on June 25,2013 | 06:01PM
Anonymous wrote:
1 - Hanging has been ruled cruel and unusual a punishment, thus no longer used. 2 - Hawaii does not have any capital crimes on the books, thus cannot take the life of a prisoner.
on June 26,2013 | 12:45AM
allie wrote:
I hope he gets the mental help he needs
on June 25,2013 | 12:24PM
silvangold wrote:
aw com'on allie......stuff it already.......your comments are just so downright stupid. in this case, you hope he gets the mental help he needs?????? really???????????? why don't you volunteer to give it to him?????? at this point he doesn't need help.............. he really should have got it long before he killed someone....for no reason!!!!!!!!!!! just go back to SD !!!!
on June 25,2013 | 12:49PM
Wage Earner wrote:
Apparently this is where stupid and illiterate live. You go, silvangold! Thank you, Judge Trader.
on June 25,2013 | 01:01PM
AlexandriaB wrote:
You're thanking the judge for "possibility of parole"? I hope you were just being sarcastic, as this man should NEVER be let out of prison. Whatever happened to "life without the possibility of parole"? Does that EVER happen here? What kind of horrific crime do you have to commit to be put behind bars for the rest of your life without parole, for heaven's sake? If any crime should fit whatever those parameters are, this one should have.
on June 25,2013 | 01:41PM
allie wrote:
He can be in prison and get help for his mental illness. The two are not mutually exclusive
on June 25,2013 | 01:51PM
aomohoa wrote:
WHo gives a c@#p! He killed someone. He lost his rights. He deserves nothing but a jail cell.
on June 25,2013 | 04:47PM
mikethenovice wrote:
After you kill, you get more rights. Did I say that? I must be in America!
on June 25,2013 | 06:02PM
aomohoa wrote:
I don't get the Insanity defense. They are more dangerous than the normal murderer. He should never be out in public again. Make sure he can never reproduce.
on June 25,2013 | 04:45PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Hard to play with yourself in prison. No privacy.
on June 25,2013 | 06:06PM
smithtkd wrote:
Finally, our justice system gets it right. They refuse to support a federal bill to protect children against sex offenders. They let repeated felons run the streets, they restrict the right of any law-abiding citizen to protect themselves. And only now this guy gets sentenced to life? Which means he’ll be out in 20 years. What about the victim’s family? When do they get her back?
on June 25,2013 | 12:30PM
SEE, WHAT DID I TELL YOU "WITH POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE". Nothing can help this guy. A needless waste of life.
on June 25,2013 | 12:33PM
lokela wrote:
I vote for the death penalty. Save taxpayers money and lessen the prison population. Why should these kind of people be saved.
on June 25,2013 | 12:44PM
stogie002 wrote:
Tell that to the weak and ineffective lawmakers that are voted into office. It's because of them that the criminals get out quick. Now if this happened to a lawmakers spouse or child, you can bet your life some one would take action to make the penalties much MUCH stiffer than they already aren't.Criminals know the law and they know they can live on our dime for 20 years then get out. I think we need to have a death penalty instated. These loosers need to pay for their crimes eye for an eye. Then any future murderers will think twice about taking a precious life from our society.
on June 25,2013 | 02:09PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
His mlawyer looks pissed because he knows he's not getting any money.
on June 25,2013 | 12:51PM
bluebowl wrote:
Oh? Tittleman Fauatea said to the Longs cashier when he purchased the knife,"Keep the change,I'm rich".Well maybe he got paid to kill her for what she knows and her involvement in burglaries.
on June 25,2013 | 06:19PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
He needs to be sent to Arizona where he can dine on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day for the rest of his life.
on June 25,2013 | 01:34PM
Kealii wrote:
Why reward him with going to Arizona? Let him suffer right here at home at Halawa. The conditions are much worse.
on June 25,2013 | 03:24PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
No - at Halawa you get TV, exercise equipment, nice weather and the best food in the nations prison system including kalua pig. My buddy is in food services and you would not believe how well these criminals eat.
on June 25,2013 | 05:21PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Does that mean you are also interested in joining them? There is more to life than just eating.
on June 25,2013 | 06:04PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Feed him to the snakes.
on June 25,2013 | 06:03PM
aomohoa wrote:
Hey, most people like peanut butter and jelly. Just bread and water is good enough.
on June 25,2013 | 04:49PM
aomohoa wrote:
I don't get the Insanity defense. They are more dangerous than the normal murderer. He should never be out in public again. Make sure he can never reproduce.
on June 25,2013 | 04:44PM
BRock wrote:
The idea behind the insanity defense is that people so mentally ill that they do not know the difference between right and wrong should not be judged guilty of criminal offenses.
on June 25,2013 | 05:51PM
MrRealistic wrote:
What the hell takes the courts this long? Wonder why the state has no money- it's wasted on these type of long drawn out trials in which the perp is definitely guilty.
on June 25,2013 | 08:05PM
sailfish1 wrote:
I hope he never gets paroled.
on June 25,2013 | 08:15PM
timofern wrote:
Forget it! Tittleman Fauotea is guilty. He likely chose NOT to take his medications to control his paranoia, he needs to be responsible for his actions. DON'T let him hide behind an insanity appeal nor a parole-cut in his sentencing.
on June 25,2013 | 11:34PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Pay restitution for funeral expenses and for the Victim Compensation Fund? Yeah, right. Good luck with that.
on June 26,2013 | 06:09AM
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