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Mother of Peter Boy released from jail prior to sentencing

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / APRIL 2016

    Jaylin Kema appeared in the Hilo courtroom of Judge Glenn Hara on April 29, 2016, charged in the murder of Peter “Peter Boy” Kema. Kema was released from the Hawaii Community Correctional Center shortly after 10 a.m. today after she pleaded guilty to manslaughter in December under a plea agreement in exchange for her testimony against her husband, Peter Kema Sr.

The mother of Peter “Peter Boy” Kema Jr. is free on supervised release.

Jaylin Kema was released from the Hawaii Community Correctional Center shortly after 10 a.m. today after she pleaded guilty to manslaughter in December under a plea deal in exchange for her testimony against her husband, Peter Kema Sr.

In April 2016, a Hilo grand jury indicted her and her husband with second-degree murder in connection with the death their son who was six years old when he was last seen by his siblings in July 1997.

Under the terms of her supervised release, a judge ordered Jaylin Kema not to have any contact with her son, Allan Acol and daughters Lina Acol and Chantelle Woods. She was also ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device and remain on the Big Island, according to a court document.

Jaylin Kema is expected to be sentenced on June 13.

Under a plea deal, Peter Kema Sr. pleaded guilty to manslaughter and hindering prosecution on April 5 in exchange for information on the location of Peter Boy’s remains. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 5 to 20 years in prison with a mandatory minimum of six years.

On Wednesday, law enforcement and Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth, as well as his team, led four of Peter Boy’s family members to a site in Puna. Kema told prosecutors and police that he placed his son’s body in a box and disposed of the box in the ocean.

Police are expected to contact experts to assist in the search.

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