Honokaa man pleads in extreme domestic abuse case

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County Prosecutor Kelden Waltjen said his office will seek the maximum 10-year prison term for a 27-year-old Honokaa man arrested for a series of domestic abuse incidents that took place between February and April.

Adam Kahekili Kepoo pleaded no contest Wednesday to seven felony charges including three counts of second-degree assault, two counts of domestic abuse aggravated by strangulation, and one count each of kidnapping and terroristic threatening.

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In exchange for his plea, 20 additional charges, including first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree sexual assault, were dropped.

Kepoo will be sentenced Dec. 17 before Judge Wendy DeWeese in Kailua-Kona.

Police say when Kepoo was apprehended at Kawaihae Boat Harbor, the victim, a woman, had been held captive more than two weeks.

During that time she was raped, punched in the face numerous times, head-butted, slashed with a knife, emotionally abused, and provided minimal amounts of food and water, police said.

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The victim reported that her main source of water was from drinking from the shower when allowed to.

Kepoo remains in custody at Hawaii Community Correctional Center in lieu of $300,500.00 bail.