Still no minimum term set for second Kona teen convicted of 2016 rape

  • LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today file photo

    Samuel Latrik appears in February in Kona Circuit Court for sentencing.

KAILUA-KONA — More than seven months after being sentenced to prison, a Kailua-Kona teen has yet to learn the minimum term he must serve for his role in the 2016 rape of a woman at Old Kona Airport Park.

Samuel Latrik’s Wednesday hearing before the Hawaii Paroling Authority was continued after Latrik’s attorney requested another continuance, said Toni Schwartz, public information officer for the state Department of Public Safety.

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A new hearing date is pending, she said.

Meanwhile, Latrik, who faces a maximum of 20 years, will have to wait behind bars at Halawa Correctional Facility on Oahu to learn how much time he must serve before becoming eligible for parole.

Wednesday’s continuance was the third of its kind in the case since it reached the paroling authority after Latrik was sentenced in February for the September 2016 rape of a 26-year-old woman on the soccer field at Old Kona Airport Park.

Latrik’s first minimum-term-setting hearing, originally expected to take place June 6, was rescheduled because he was transferred between two facilities. An August hearing was also continued because Latrik’s attorney was unavailable.

The parole board, by law, has six months from sentencing to set a minimum term unless a continuation is requested, waiving that right.

Latrik was the second teen sentenced in connection with the crime after he pleaded guilty and no contest mid-trial in November 2018 to charges including first-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault, kidnapping and robbery, among others.

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Tyron Sigrah, the first teen sentenced, was already given his minimum term from the parole board. Sigrah, who pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault, kidnapping and second-degree robbery prior to trial, must serve 11 years of a 20-year term before being eligible for parole.

Email Chelsea Jensen at cjensen@westhawaiitoday.com.

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