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Former Hawaii island cop convicted of murdering wife gets new parole hearing

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:06 a.m. HST, Sep 25, 2013

Due to procedural problems, a new parole hearing is scheduled for a former Hawaii island police officer convicted in 1996 for the kidnapping and murder of his wife in 1992.

On July 15, 2009, the Hawaii Paroling Authority set Kenneth Mathison's minimum parole terms at 20 years for the kidnapping conviction and 90 years for the murder conviction. Yvonne Mathison was bludgeoned with a lead pipe and struck by a van. The minimum terms are the amount of time Mathison must spend in prison for each offense before he can be released on parole. 

According to a news release issued by the state Attorney General's Office, "certain procedural problems arose during the July 2009 hearing," including a lack of attorney representation for Mathison.

Consequently, the paroling authority is holding a new hearing, set for 11 a.m. today, to "re-determine the minimum terms." The state maintains that the minimum terms set in July 2009 were correct and is asking the HPA to leave the minimum terms unchanged." 

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allie wrote:
on September 24,2013 | 04:10PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
why "scary"? all-lies you should be accustomed to this kind of thing It's been happening in North Dakota for quite some time. Must seem familiar huh? http://tiny.cc/7y6x3w
on September 24,2013 | 05:39PM
Steve96785 wrote:
Ken Mathieson, a former neighbor of mine, is why Hawaii should have the death penalty. He bought a $700,000 life insurance policy the week before brutally beating her and then running over her multiple times with his van till she died. Of course it was just a tragic accident... Hard to explain the rope marks where he had her tied up and the blood all over the inside of the van from the initial beating, but really, she just kept throwing herself under the wheels while he drove back and forth for about thirty minutes..Throw away the key, please.
on September 24,2013 | 05:43PM
droid wrote:
He’s entitled to have an attorney present at the parole hearing. That is the law. I doubt it will make one iota of difference as the parole board currently in place is one of the strictest in Hawai‘i history. They gave him 90 years the first time. Expect the same this time around.
on September 24,2013 | 06:08PM
cojef wrote:
Funny but time seems to put things in different perspective and change do occur. The mere fact that the prisoner is getting another hearing indicate the humanity of the system changes that is occurring.
on September 25,2013 | 07:56AM
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