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Kahanaoi found guilty in murder of lawyer in Kailua

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    Daniel Kahanaoi (right,) was found guilty of second degree murder, first degree burglary, and a felony firearms charge in connection with the killing of Craig Kimsel.

A Circuit Court jury this afternoon found Daniel Kahanaoi guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of lawyer Craig Kimsel at Kimsel’s Kailua home April 28 last year.

The jury also found Kahanaoi, 46, guilty of first-degree burglary for entering Kimsel’s fortified property and for using a firearm to commit both crimes.

State Circuit Judge Glenn Kim excused the jury but instructed them to return Tuesday for an additional hearing to determine whether or not Kahanaoi will get the normal penalties for murder and burglary or ones that are more severe.

The state has asked Kim to sentence Kahanaoi to extended penalties because he has been found guilty of more than one felony and for the protection of the public.

The normal penalty is life in prison with the opportunity for parole for second-degree murder and 10 years for first-degree burglary. The extended sentences are life without the opportunity for parole and 20 years in prison respectively.

Whatever the outcome of next Tuesday’s hearing, Kim will sentence Kahanaoi in September.

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