Posted at 12:13 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 2006
Convicted man found guilty in second shooting
By Ken Kobayashi
Advertiser Courts Writer
Micah Kanahele was convicted last year of manslaughter as one of three masked gunmen who shot Greg Morishima as he sat in an 'Aiea garage the night of Oct. 26, 2003.
Kanahele was also facing a trial on a charge of murdering Guylan Nuuhiwa six days later and less than three miles away in the parking lot of the Longs Drug Store in Pearl City. In addition, he was charged with attempted murder of another man at the parking lot.
Kanahele pleaded no contest to the murder and attempted murder charges. Based on those pleas, Circuit Judge Michael Town found him guilty. Kanahele now faces a prison term of 20 years to life when he is sentenced later this year by Town for the 'Aiea garage and parking lot shootings.
As part of a plea agreement, a first-degree attempted murder charge related to the parking lot shooting will be dropped. The charge carries a mandatory life term without parole.
But if the Hawai'i Paroling Authority decides to set the minimum term Kanahele must serve before he is eligible for parole at more than 20 years, Kanahele will be able to withdraw his pleas in the parking lot shooting and go to trial.
As part of the agreement, city prosecutors will recommend a 20-year minimum term to the paroling officials.