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Police investigate death of OCCC inmate

Police and prison officials are investigating the death of an inmate who had to be treated in his cell after he started having trouble breathing Sunday morning.

Department of Public Safety officials do not believe there was any foul play involved in the death of Kahiwa Li, 28, who was awaiting trial for burglary.

However, an autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death.

Oahu Community Correctional Center staff said Li was having trouble breathing at 5:50 a.m.

Medical staff went to his aid. However, Li stopped breathing and became unresponsive. Life-saving measures were initiated until paramedics arrived to take over. He was pronounced dead at 6:45 a.m.

Li’s previous convictions were for misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor crimes including a drug violation, trespassing and theft, according to the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center.

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  • Ohh goody, that saves us about $89,000 annually as that seems to be the the annual expense for each inmate. I’m sure the regular law abiding citizens don’t really care if there was foul play at the prison playground, let the nice little good boys at the state penitentiary fix their own overcrowding issues. Close the case and get to work by catching real criminals and illegal Mexicans still out on the streets pushing hard drugs to children!

  • Probably due to claustrophobia. 6’x8′ room with only a single 3″x6″ window. The guy’s heart rate must’ve gone through the roof. Probably died of a heart attack.

  • Felons live unhealthy lifestyles. Don’t eat good, no exercise, no listen to good advice, get stressed out trying to live a criminal lifestyle, don’t visit the cardiologist annually, no have health insurance, engage in unprotected sex and get syphylis which causes OCD like Mickey Cohen, expose themselves to corrosive drugs, etc. Don’t make any attempts to correct these things. It’s good they die in prison. They die everywhere.

  • Did he have an inmate? If so was he big, mean looking, crater complexion, exhausted, content looking….known by other inmates as Bubba?

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