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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:47 a.m., Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Life sentence for man who murdered sumo wrestler

Advertiser Courts Writer

A 31-year-old man was sentenced today to a mandatory life term in prison with possiblity of parole for the stabbing murder of a former sumo wrestler he called his friend.

Kealiioklanai Meheula contended he stabbed Percy Kipapa multiple times in a pickup truck in Kahalu'u May 16 last year because Kipapa was choking him.

But a Circuit Court jury earlier this year rejected that defense and a lesser conviction of manslaughter in finding Meheula guilty of murder.

The Hawai'i Paroling Authority will later set the minimum term Meheula must serve before he is eligible for release on parole.