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Charge dismissed in assault of Redskins player at local nightclub

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 07:45 p.m. HST, Jun 24, 2013

A  judge has dismissed the assault charge against a man accused of hitting Washington Redskins football tackle Trent Williams in the head with a bottle at a Kakaako nightclub before last year’s Pro Bowl.

The dismissal came after the prosecutor told the judge that a National Football League official told him Williams will not return to Hawaii for trial.

The state had charged Michael Miske, Jr., 39, with felony assault with a dangerous instrument following a Jan. 25 brawl at the M Nightclub. 

Williams, 24, suffered a cut on his head requiring multiple stitches. The injury kept the 6-foot-5, 328-pound offensive lineman on the sidelines for this year’s Pro Bowl game at Aloha Stadium two days later.

Prosecutor Kaina Awong said he has spoken to Williams’ brother Fredrick, who the state says was also assaulted in the same incident. He said Frederick had expressed interest in returning to Hawaii for trial but that Trent had never returned his calls. Then a few weeks ago he said he received a call from an NFL security official in Washington.

“He said neither Williams, Trent nor Fred, is returning to Hawaii for trial,” Awong said.

Trial was scheduled for next month.

Circuit Judge Michael Wilson dismissed the assault charge with prejudice, denying the state the opportunity to refile the charge later.

Miske’s brother John Blane Kenui Stancil, 25, is awaiting trial in Honolulu District Court for misdemeanor assault of Trent Williams in the same Jan. 25 incident. Williams was a no-show for the trial in April prompting the judge in that case to reschedule the trial to next month.

Also scheduled to stand trial in Honolulu District Court for misdemeanor assault next month is Michael Buntenbah, 40, for allegedly assaulting Fredrick Williams.

Awong said if neither Williams brother is willing to return to Hawaii for a felony trial, it is unlikely they will return for the misdemeanor trials.

At the time of the incident Miske was a minority owner of the nightclub. An M Nightclub spokeswoman said Miske later sold his shares in the business.

Stancil listed his job as the nightclub doorman and Buntenbah was a bouncer.

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lowtone123 wrote:
Free to go and terrorize others. Sad.
on June 24,2013 | 01:59PM
cojef wrote:
Whole bunch of hoodlums are free cuz the victims refuse to fly back to Hawaii to tedtify. Very convenient out will give them an incentive to pick on out-of-towners, as once the victims return home to the mainland, they will find it cumbersome to come back to a jerk-water town just to testify.
on June 24,2013 | 02:07PM
allie wrote:
No surprises here. Intimidated witnesses? Weak judge? organized crime connections. Life in da Nei.
on June 24,2013 | 03:27PM
Kuihao wrote:
No surprise that, as usual, allie doesn't know what she's taking about. "Weak judge?" Guess what, allie, Judge Wilson followed the law.
on June 24,2013 | 05:51PM
mellowyellow11 wrote:
lowlife will be in no time into another altercation. send em away for life
on June 24,2013 | 11:43PM
dlum003 wrote:
I smell a RAT.
on June 24,2013 | 02:06PM
RichardCory wrote:
Then maybe you should call Kama'aina Pest Control to get rid of it. Don't want those things scurrying about your home.
on June 24,2013 | 06:13PM
mrluke wrote:
No rat. The Prosecutor's office wasted time and money when it should have known that the victim had no intention of being inconvenienced by coming back here for the trial.
on June 24,2013 | 08:31PM
busterb wrote:
Like I said, what NFL player is going to come here during summer workouts or pre-season for a trial. Only a out of work NFL player, not an all-star. Waste time.
on June 24,2013 | 02:06PM
serious wrote:
Agreed. I wonder why they could not have a deposition or video to put this crook to prison???
on June 24,2013 | 02:18PM
808ikea wrote:
I agree. With all the technology available you would think that any testimony could be done remotely.
on June 24,2013 | 02:54PM
allie wrote:
on June 24,2013 | 03:27PM
Kuihao wrote:
Because the defendant in a criminal case has a constitutional right to confront the witnesses against him.
on June 24,2013 | 05:46PM
cojef wrote:
Oops my comments did not agree with the censors because it made light of returning to Hawaii just testify in a blankety-blank town.
on June 24,2013 | 02:09PM
busterb wrote:
You have to say Hawaiian quilt-quilt town.
on June 24,2013 | 03:44PM
Denominator wrote:
The NFL doesn't mind making it "open season" on its players - as long as they don't miss practice.
on June 24,2013 | 02:16PM
Peacenik wrote:
The SA did vote Kamaaina Termite as one of Hawaii's best. They must be doing something right.
on June 24,2013 | 02:24PM
primo1 wrote:
You mean the readers of SA...the same readers who also voted Pizza Hut "Hawaii's Best Pizza". LOL!
on June 24,2013 | 02:56PM
allie wrote:
ummm..they advertise with SA.
on June 24,2013 | 03:28PM
Waterman2 wrote:
Guaranteed to happen again....a pattern is established. Gonna get his arse blown away ......or he will be M&M s for da boys in block C. Judge ? Why are so many others in the state prosecuted without the victim testifying, yet you let this oversized termite loose ? You and I both know we are gonna see this guy up on charges again.
on June 24,2013 | 02:55PM
primo1 wrote:
He's got another trial coming up facing similar charges, and I believe the victims in that case are local. It might be a little harder for him to get a dismissal in that one.
on June 24,2013 | 03:50PM
inverse wrote:
Before his conviction that finally sent John Gotti to prison, he was known as Teflon Don. In Hawaii we have Teflon Mike. Eventually the Teflon surface wears off and stuff will stick, but right now the Teflon is working like a charm.
on June 24,2013 | 02:59PM
allie wrote:
on June 24,2013 | 03:28PM
BIG wrote:
some kind of payoff to the nfl
on June 24,2013 | 03:14PM
mrluke wrote:
YOU ARE DREAMING!! Williams just didn't want to come back here for the trial. He didn't care.
on June 24,2013 | 08:33PM
DownSpout wrote:
Lesson: if you’re going to assault someone, make it a visitor.
on June 24,2013 | 03:42PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
How quick to jump to judgment. What happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? Were any of you there that night? Have you seen the video from the security cameras? That nightclub had multiple cameras. Could it be they showed what REALLY occurred and the NFL players decided to tuck their wounded tails between their legs and not be exposed for the entitled athletes they might be?
on June 24,2013 | 03:54PM
primo1 wrote:
Forgive me for being so quick to judge a known felon with 10 priors (six for felonies), who is still facing similar charges in a separate case. How foolish of me...he must be innocent.
on June 24,2013 | 04:45PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Our justice system assumes innocence until guilt is proven. So no, he may not be innocent, but until he is PROVEN guilty, he is not guilty under our system of LAWS. Where in the article does it say he has been convicted of ANYthing? So... "foolish" for not realizing he's innocent? No. Mistaken that you know he is guilty? Probably, since you didn't answer any of the questions about the actual incident. I'm personally glad that our system defends ALL of us from these types of rushes to judgement you seem to be promoting.
on June 24,2013 | 05:42PM
mrluke wrote:
Those rose-colored glasses must fit pretty well!
on June 24,2013 | 08:33PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Because I believe that people have a right to a trial? And that their civil rights are upheld? Yes, guilty as charged. And I'm glad people like you are not in charge of the justice system.
on June 24,2013 | 09:02PM
kolohepalu wrote:
Anyone that uses weapons in a fistfight is a coward.
on June 25,2013 | 06:15AM
NoFire wrote:
Great thinking, it's always a good idea to beat up somebody who does not live on the island so they cannot easily come back and testify against you. What a waste our judicial system has become! Hope he beats up some visiting lawyers and judges next.
on June 24,2013 | 04:07PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Please, Trent and his boyz have lots of coin to come down and testify. Quick trip to the islands, spend some time in court to put the local dude in jail, then slam down some cold ones before going home. Unless... maybe testifying was the wrong thing to do because then they would have to explain their own actions that night huh? Sounds like the pro bowler and his posse got into it and got on the receiving end of a local beat down.
on June 24,2013 | 06:15PM
mrluke wrote:
He just didn't want to bother. It happens a lot, even in less high profile cases. Nothing new or suspicious here.
on June 24,2013 | 08:35PM
palarjones wrote:
Trent is a good man. He is a true warrior. He got his ass kicked and he knows it and accepted it. I am now his fan.
on June 24,2013 | 09:00PM
Wazdat wrote:
AMAZING...This guy has some BIG FRIENDS and MONEY as he get OUT OF EVERYTHING..WOW
on June 24,2013 | 07:35PM
808warriorfan wrote:
We'll be hearing more about him.....he now thinks he can get away w/ murder.....
on June 24,2013 | 07:47PM
Maunawiliboy wrote:
I'll buy their tickets.....
on June 24,2013 | 08:37PM
palarjones wrote:
808 Rule # 1...When in public no act stupid. If you do you going get pounded no matter if you from Hawaii and local,or from the mainland and one all star NFL player,Marine,Navy Seal, Fed. Agent, if you act stupid in public somebody going pound you out. It's tradition. It's cultural. Remember...."No ack stupid."
on June 24,2013 | 08:53PM
kolohepalu wrote:
Yeah, that's very true, and no doubt the player was acting the fool. . but Miske is one of those island trash types always looking to beef. Alot of tourists show disrespect, but people like Miske make me ashamed to be local.
on June 25,2013 | 06:21AM
Konawayne wrote:
The state is promoting crime against tourists. A written disposition from the victims should be admitted to the trail and the trail continued. I see this happen too often here, especially when its international tourists. A law suit against the state is in order.
on June 25,2013 | 02:05AM
kolohepalu wrote:
Wow- so even if the victim doesn't press charges, what about charges on behalf of the public? Someone who assaults people with bottles should do jail time. Miske is a coward and a disgrace to local people.
on June 25,2013 | 06:13AM
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