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Man Who Shot Pot Thief is Sentenced

Star-Bulletin Staff

HILO - A Big Island man who was guarding his medical marijuana when he shot and killed an intruder has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Kevin Metcalfe of Ocean View had stood trial for murder in the death of Larry Kuahuia. But a Circuit Court jury convicted Metcalfe of manslaughter, deciding the May 6 shooting was reckless rather than premeditated.

Police and prosecutors say the 44-year-old Kuahuia was on Metcalfe's property to steal marijuana from a greenhouse.

Defense attorneys argued Kuahuia attacked the 49-year-old Metcalfe, and the shooting was self-defense.

Hawaii County Deputy Prosecutor Rick Damerville says Metcalfe's medical marijuana certificate had lapsed by the time of the shooting


Added: Mar-28-2010 Occurred On: Mar-26-2010
By: rlnbns
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