WAILUKU >> A judge sentenced Steven Capobianco on Friday to life in prison with the possibility of parole in the murder of his ex-girlfriend who disappeared while pregnant with his child on Maui.
A jury last year convicted 27-year-old Capobianco of second-degree murder in the death of Carly “Charli” Scott. She was five months pregnant when she disappeared in 2014.
Maui Chief Judge Joseph Cardoza said Friday that Capobianco had lured Scott to her death. He said the defendant was self-centered for killing her and his own son because he didn’t want to be tied to Scott as her child’s father.
“That is so tragic and senseless,” the judge said.
Because jurors agreed that the crime was especially heinous, Cardoza could have imposed a harsher sentence of life without the possibility of parole. But the judge suggested Capobianco could successfully appeal that because it’s not clear how Scott died.
Family and friends addressing the court during the sentencing hearing urged Capobianco to reveal the location of Scott’s body.
“Where is she?” Scott’s mother, Kimberlyn Scott, whispered while facing Capobianco in court. “Where are they? Give her back to us. Do one decent thing and give her back.”
Carly Scott’s father, Robert Scott, was removed from the courtroom after he lashed out at defense attorney Jon Apo, saying he should be ashamed of himself.
Capobianco met Scott in 2009. They lived together for two years, but “the defendant would tell his friends that they were just roommates and he did not like to take pictures with her,” Deputy Prosecutor Robert Rivera said in his opening statement.
When they were no longer a couple, Scott discovered she was pregnant. She decided to continue with the pregnancy even though Capobianco insisted on an abortion, Rivera said.
Apo countered that Capobianco was starting to come around to the idea of having a child.
Scott’s sister, Fiona Wais, said in court Friday that Scott was forgiving. “She loved you enough to forgive so much,” Wais said to the defendant. “You took away the one thing she wanted to be. She wanted to be a mom.”