Lavoie Gets Life in Prison for 2013 Murder

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

A Molokai man who killed his girlfriend with a single gunshot in 2013 was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years. Marlin Lavoie, 35, was tried and found guilty of second degree murder in June, and last Thursday, received his sentencing.

On March 20, 2013, Lavoie was looking for his girlfriend of nine years, 24-year-old Malia Kahalewai, at her friend’s apartment in Kawela Barns. The two had separated about a week earlier following domestic violence incidents.

After speaking with Kahalewai, who repeatedly asked him to leave, witnesses said Lavoie went down to his parked car, retrieved a rifle and fired a single shot at her chest.…

Molokai Meth Dealer in Prison

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

A man described as “at the pinnacle” of methamphetamine distribution on Molokai was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in federal prison last week. On Feb. 23, 35-year-old Jon Hans Kaapuni, Jr., also known as “Hanzy Boy,” was taken into custody following the sentencing in U.S. District Court in Honolulu.

In September, Kaapuni, Jr. pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess, with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. At last week’s hearing, U.S. District Attorney Florence T. Nakakuni said evidence showed Kaapuni, Jr. was a manager and supervisor of a long standing methamphetamine conspiracy on Molokai involving at least five members.…