Man gets 15 years in prison for home invasion

  • KAHOALII-HEATH

A 23-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of three years, in connection with a December 2020 home invastion and robbery at a South Kona home.

Jerome Kahoalii-Heath was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Robert D.S. Kim after the Kona man pleaded no contest in August to 11 charges including seven felony offenses, second-degree accomplice to robbery, two counts of unauthorized control of propelled vehicle, first-degree resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle, first-degree terroristic threatening, ownership or possession of firearm prohibited and first-degree theft stemming from the Dec. 27, 2020, incident. Kahoali’i-Heath also stipulated to revocation of his felony probation, where his prior convictions were for unauthorized control of propelled vehicle.

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Kim sentenced Kahoalii-Heath, to a 10-year prison term in connection with the December 2020 incidents and a five-year prison term for revocation of his felony probation. Kim ordered that the prison terms be served consecutively. He also ordered that Kahoalii-Heath serve a mandatory minimum of three years in relation to the possession of a firearm in the commission of the resisting an order to stop offense.

According to police, Kahoalii-Heath and co-defendant Ioane Asagra allegedly entered a home, demanded drugs and money, and struck three witnesses in the head with a weapon before fleeing in a Honda sedan. The victims were treated on site for their injuries.

On Dec. 30, officers caught up with Kahoalii-Heath and Asagra, along with a 20-year-old woman, within a stolen Jeep Cherokee in the Kona Palisades subdivision. Officers also discovered the suspects left a silver-colored Honda Civic at the scene with an AR-15 rifle lying on the front passenger seat.

The Jeep fled the area and was later located on Kupuna Street in Kailua-Kona where Kahoalii-Heath, and another woman, who was not charged with a crime, were taken into custody without incident. Asagra was later located by officers on Highway 180, where he was also taken into custody without incident.

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Asagra, whose trial is set for January 2022 in connection with the December 2020, later posted $500,000 bail. Bail was revoked after Asagra was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree arson in June in connection with the May 25 shooting death of Joey Richmond, 46, at the end of Keauhou-Kainaliu Beach Road, locally known as “End of the World.”

Trial for the murder case is slated for February 2022. Asagra has entered not guilty pleas to the charges.

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