Man sen­tenced to life in prison

North Ko­hala shoot­ings of of­fi­cer, woman led to stand­off

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - LOCAL - By CHELSEA JENSEN Email Chelsea Jensen at cjensen@ west­hawai­ito­

KEALAKEKUA — Ann Coito stepped up to the lectern Tues­day to ad­dress the court be­fore the man who shot her daugh­ter and a po­lice of­fi­cer nearly two years ago in North Ko­hala was sen­tenced.

“First off, I have some­thing for Macy from his daugh­ter,” she said as Mac­don Throm­man sat shack­led in Hawaii Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter garb. “‘Hi dad. Love you and I miss you a lot. Bubba miss you too. We all miss you.’”

Coito also brought a photo of Throm­man and his daugh­ter pick­ing flow­ers to the hear­ing.

“Is he al­lowed to have this?” she asked the judge, who per­mit­ted her to pass it to Throm­man’s at­tor­ney, Terri Fu­jiokaLil­ley. Af­ter that, Throm­man could be seen shed­ding tears.

Coito was re­lay­ing the mes­sage and pic­ture from her grand­child to her fa­ther, Throm­man, who was con­victed by a 12-mem­ber jury in Fe­bru­ary of at­tempted sec­ond-de­gree mur­der for shoot­ing Hawaii Po­lice Depart­ment Of­fi­cer Ray Fukada and first-de­gree as­sault for shoot­ing and in­jur­ing his girl­friend, Heather Coito, among other of­fenses. Ann Coito is Heather Coito’s mother and also a vic­tim of first-de­gree ter­ror­is­tic threat­en­ing in the case.

The July 13, 2015, in­ci­dent re­sulted in a nearly 20-hour stand­off be­tween Throm­man and po­lice at a res­i­dence off Akoni Pule High­way in Ka­paau.

She was also the only per­son, out­side of letters, to pro­vide a state­ment dur­ing Tues­day’s sen­tenc­ing be­fore 3rd Cir­cuit Chief Judge Ron­ald Ibarra. And de­spite be­ing a vic­tim, Ann Coito spoke in sup­port of Throm­man on be­half of her­self, her daugh­ter and the fam­ily.

Ibarra sen­tenced Throm­man, 39, to life in prison with the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role af­ter he serves at least 15 years in prison for the at­tempted mur­der con­vic­tion. Con­sec­u­tive to that sen­tence, Ibarra or­dered Throm­man to serve two sep­a­rate five-year terms for first-de­gree ter­ror­is­tic threat­en­ing that each carry a manda­tory min­i­mum of three years.

Throm­man also was sen­tenced to con­cur­rently serve up to 20 years with a manda­tory min­i­mum of 10 years for kid­nap­ping, 10 years with a manda­tory min­i­mum of five years for first-de­gree as­sault, five years with three years manda­tory for each of two counts of first-de­gree ter­ror­is­tic threat­en­ing and one year each for sec­ond-de­gree reck­less en­dan­ger­ing and fail­ure to have per­mits to ac­quire a firearm.

Throm­man be­gan serv­ing his sen­tences im­me­di­ately, and he will re­ceive credit for 579 days al­ready served be­hind bars. Fu­jiokaLil­ley said af­ter sen­tenc­ing that Ibarra must have rec­og­nized the “kind of man my client must have been be­fore this oc­curred” for sen­tenc­ing Throm­man con­cur­rently on some of the charges.

An ap­peal will be filed, she added.

Ibarra told Throm­man that while bad days and breakups oc­cur, “Peo­ple don’t go around shoot­ing other peo­ple to try to main­tain their re­la­tion­ship.”

“Mr. Throm­man, I read a lot of sup­port letters from you and your friends, but un­for­tu­nately you made a bad choice that af­fects not only your life but af­fects other peo­ple’s lives: The of­fi­cer who was shot, the of­fi­cers who were shot at, your fam­ily mem­bers and your chil­dren,” the judge said. “Un­for­tu­nately, for you, like your lawyer points out, 24 hours will af­fect the rest of your life.”

Prior to the sen­tence be­ing handed down, Throm­man ad­dressed the court, apol­o­giz­ing for his ac­tions. He noted he did not plan to trau­ma­tize his fam­ily, the po­lice of­fi­cers and his com­mu­nity. He said he hopes the of­fi­cers and their fam­i­lies can “find it in their hearts to for­give me.”

“Be­cause of my ac­tions, my chil­dren will grow up with­out their fa­ther,” he said, not­ing he plans to take ad­van­tage of ev­ery pro­gram avail­able to him while in­car­cer­ated with the hopes he can “one day be a mem­ber of so­ci­ety again.”

“Jus­tice was served today. The com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing the de­fen­dant’s fam­ily, are safe today,” said Deputy Pros­e­cut­ing At­tor­ney Kaua­noe Jack­son.

LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today

Mac­don Throm­man stands with his at­tor­ney, Terri Fu­jioka-Lil­ley, dur­ing his sen­tenc­ing hear­ing on Tues­day.

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