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Waikiki manslaughter suspect pleads not guilty

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:22 a.m. HST, Mar 27, 2014

A Waianae man accused of causing the death of a grandmother after a purse-snatching in front of her Waikiki condominium pleaded not guilty Thursday in Circuit Court.

Josiah Figueroa, 24, entered his plea by video from Oahu Community Correctional Center. Judge Richard Perkins confirmed his bail at $500,000 and set his trial week for May 27.

Figueroa is accused of pushing Jullie Stephenson, 52, and taking her purse on Ala Moana Boulevard on Feb. 2. Stephenson fell down in the attack and sustained a broken hip and internal bleeding. She was in a coma for three weeks and died Feb. 26.

Police identified Figueroa as a suspect after he was spotted following Stephenson on surveillance video at a Waikiki store, according to a court document.

He was arrested at his Paakea Road home on March 17 and was later indicted for manslaughter and second-degree robbery.

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gsc wrote:
Lock him up and throw away the key ......
on March 27,2014 | 10:50AM
false wrote:
Yup, I think the bradda is going to do some time here. How much will be up to the law and the judge. There are a lot more criminals like him out there but I'm sure they are all good boys like their families will describe them to be.
on March 27,2014 | 10:53AM
jmarie wrote:
Probation for this misunderstood young man, rehabilitation and understand folks it's not his fault. Hawaii Courts FAIL just watch what happens!
on March 27,2014 | 11:00AM
BigIsandLava wrote:
Crimes on innocent people are on the rise. These guys are not afraid of jail time, courts or prison. They seem to be more afraid of not having the drugs they need to put in their bodies more than the consequences of their crimes committed. It's one thing to choose a life of drugs, but it shouldn't be at the expense of innocent people. Pass stricter laws and punishment. Instead of Hawaii's Most Wanted, do a weekly series about convicted felons being sent prison and the lives that were affected. I'm sure there's enough material to run a weekly program.
on March 27,2014 | 11:06AM
redneckMT wrote:
They aren't afraid because it has been proven that they will only get a light slap on the wrist and sent home to be coddled by their mommies.
on March 27,2014 | 12:07PM
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