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Man found guilty of attempted murder

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KEALAKEKUA — A Kailua-Kona man who nearly beat a man to death behind a downtown Kailua-Kona gas station last October was found guilty of second-degree attempted murder Wednesday after a weeklong jury trial.

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KEALAKEKUA — A Kailua-Kona man who nearly beat a man to death behind a downtown Kailua-Kona gas station last October was found guilty of second-degree attempted murder Wednesday after a weeklong jury trial.

A pre-sentence investigative report will be completed and Anthony Beaudet-Close will return to court for sentencing Sept. 13.

Beaudet-Close attacked the victim Oct. 28, 2016, near the 75-900 block of Henry Street behind the Aloha Gas Station. Officers discovered an unconscious man with injuries to the head.

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The victim was transported to the Kona Community Hospital by ambulance and later flown to a hospital on Oahu.

The jury deliberated for about five hours before coming back with a verdict late Wednesday afternoon.

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