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Bail cut for man accused of pushing tourist off cliff

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:12 a.m. HST, Apr 02, 2014

LIHUE >> A judge has reduced a $1 million bail amount to $100,000 for a man accused of pushing a Japanese visitor off a Kalalau Valley cliff.

The Garden Island  reports that bail for 38-year-old Justin Wynn Klein of Kilauea was cut Tuesday by Judge Kathleen Watanabe in 5th Circuit Court.

Klein is awaiting a June 25 sentencing after pleading guilty in March to reckless endangerment. He originally was charged with attempted murder.

Klein was accused of throwing the 31-year-old woman off the 15-foot cliff in December 2012. The woman was critically injured and spent 10 days in the hospital.

Klein was a fugitive for four months before turning himself into police in April 2013.

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jimbone wrote:
on April 2,2014 | 08:25AM
ryan02 wrote:
Probably because the prosecutors let him off with "Reckless Endangerment" rather than the original Attempted Murder. There is no requirement that a guy convicted of "Reckless Endangerment" serve even one day in jail, so why keep his bail so high? Knowing this Judge, the criminal will probably only get probation anyway, or a suspended sentence, so keeping the bail high didn't make sense. Might as well let him out of jail now, since he isn't likely to be sentenced to any jail time.
on April 2,2014 | 10:12AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Why was the bail reduced?
on April 2,2014 | 08:26AM
2NDC wrote:
I doubt that bruddah will be able to come up with the cash, so it looks like he's gonna stay locked up for now.
on April 2,2014 | 08:32AM
cojef wrote:
Probably has a rich sistah, recall she lives in Colorado??
on April 2,2014 | 10:49AM
nssanes wrote:
Look at his expression, in the prison clothes. Is he sane? Does he work? Is there any explanation for what he did?
on April 2,2014 | 08:58AM
cojef wrote:
Believe news accounts indicated that he was homeless and living off the land in Kalalau Valley, where the incident occurred.
on April 2,2014 | 10:52AM
Waterman2 wrote:
Crack city......Even DLNR won't go in there.
on April 2,2014 | 12:13PM
waikane75 wrote:
This guy came from the same town where the dentist shot the neighbor's dog last week.
on April 2,2014 | 09:12AM
ryan02 wrote:
Police officers on Kauai hate Judge Kathleen Watanbe, because she favors criminals in bail matters, trials, sentencing, etc., even repeat offenders who are obviously never going to change. Serious, chat up a cop on Kauai and see why they think this particular judge is making the island less safe for residents.
on April 2,2014 | 09:51AM
ryan02 wrote:
I should have added, though, that in THIS particular case, the public can blame the Kauai prosecutors, who let this guy off with a plea to "Reckless Endangerment." Yep, down from attempted murder. Thank you, prosecutors, for making Kauai a safer place.
on April 2,2014 | 10:00AM
ryan02 wrote:
In this particular case, the people of Kauai can thank the Kauai prosecutors for letting this guy off with a plea of "Reckless Endangerment" -- down from attempted murder. Yep, thank you Kauai prosecutors, for making Kauai a safer place.
on April 2,2014 | 10:01AM
kk808 wrote:
Apparently, they felt that attempted murder charge would be difficult to prosecute under the circumstances.
on April 2,2014 | 10:31AM
Morimoto wrote:
Reckless endangering for throwing someone off a cliff and critically injuring them? Looks like some lazy prosecutors or an criminal coddling judge, or maybe both.
on April 2,2014 | 10:57AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Kauai has always had an atmosphere of being anti-tourist. Visitors should be so advised and warned of going to that island. Same is true of the Big Island. Maui on the other hand is run by the tourists and transplants.

What is that saying? Oh, yeah, so provincial. The judge simply reflects that prejudice. Despite having a Japanese surname. Tourists, if they want a relatively safe vacation should stay in their Waikiki hotels. That is, unless they happen to be visiting escorts. Those people are at risk -- military guys r*pe and murder them.

on April 2,2014 | 12:12PM
Morimoto wrote:
Not sure if this is anti-tourist so much as it is what I stated. YOu really think the guy got off so easy because the victim is a tourist? I don't think that's the reason. Your comment about escorts doesn't really make any sense.
on April 2,2014 | 12:48PM
HD36 wrote:
Yes. When I went there last year I noticed a sub culture of hippies about his age who appear homeless.
on April 2,2014 | 06:50PM
Waterman2 wrote:
Poor little boy just didn't know what he was doing.
on April 2,2014 | 12:15PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Why is he being charged with "reckless endangerment" now? Attempted murder was the original charge and seems appropriate. The Kauai prosecutors should be fired for being too lazy to prosecute this guy at the higher charge
on April 2,2014 | 12:55PM
Papakolea wrote:
They should push him off a cliff. Since it's on Kauai, Waimea Canyon is handy....
on April 2,2014 | 07:08PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Sounds fair to me!
on April 3,2014 | 05:45AM
inverse wrote:
If they let this guy off and he manages to succeed in murdering someone the blood will be on the hands of the Kauai prosecutors office and the judge. How much anyone want to bet if this guy pushed the family member of the judge or someone in the Kauai prosecutors office the guy would have been charged with attempted murder, vigorously prosecuted then found guilty? In that case they would have found the time to present the available evidence and make the effort to find him guilty.
on April 3,2014 | 05:06AM
silvangold wrote:
Makes NO SENSE to me..............WTH ????????? and the ENTIRE state has NO explanation.....not even a weak one. Par.
on April 3,2014 | 05:51AM
joseph007 wrote:
Oh yeah, give a guy who killed a person and fled for 4 months bail. He'll be sure to show up for the sentencing.
on April 3,2014 | 08:21AM
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