Old A rapist gets up to 20 years

  • Deputy Public Defender Wendy DeWeese seeks to have her client Tyron Sigrah receive a juvenile sentence, however Judge Robert D.S. Kim ordered him to serve up to 20 years after pleading guilty to first-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault, kidnapping and second-degree robbery Tuesday in circuit court. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Judge Robert D.S. Kim sentences Tyron Sigrah. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Tyron Sigrah is sentenced to up to 20 years after pleading guilty to first-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault, kidnapping and second-degree robbery Tuesday in circuit court. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Tyron Sigrah looks back at his family after being sentenced Tuesday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KEALAKEKUA — A 17-year-old boy was sentenced up to 20 years in prison for the September 2016 rape of a woman at Old Kona Airport Park.

Tyron Sigrah was sentenced Tuesday in 3rd Circuit Court for first-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault, kidnapping and second-degree robbery. The counts will be served concurrently and the minimum prison sentence will be determined by the Hawaii Paroling Authority.

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Sigrah stood with a bowed head as the victim approached the court to make a statement prior to the teen’s adjudication.

“This was a very, very heinous crime,” the woman stated. “I thought I was gonna die. They were suffocating me with a towel.”

Sigrah was one of two teens reportedly involved in the Sept. 3, 2016, attack at the park’s soccer field, just north of the Kona Community Aquatics Center.

The second suspect was identified in January as Samuel Latrik after a grand jury indicted the 18-year-old. Prosecutors said that Sigrah, who was 15 at the time, and Latrik, who was 17 at the time, held the woman against her will, beat her and took turns raping her. The attack only stopped after a passing Good Samaritan chased the boys off.

The victim was taken to Kona Community Hospital where she was treated for a broken nose, an exacerbated back injury and badly bruised ribs.

The woman told the court that she believed what Sigrah and the second suspect did to her was “absolutely heinous.” It is West Hawaii Today’s policy not identify victims of sexual assault.

The victim stated she was living in Hawaii, building a business when the attack happened.

“I do not feel they can be rehabilitated,” she said. “I know they’re young, but attacking a stranger, they’re not your normal teenage boys.”

Judge Robert D.S. Kim was impressed by the victim and told her she had the respect of the court.

“You are a very brave person,” he said.

While what happened to her was horrific, Kim told the victim he knows she will still be successful.

“What happened to you should have never happened to anyone,” the judge said. “As long as I wear this robe, I will make sure it doesn’t.”

In return for Sigrah’s guilty plea, the state dismissed four remaining sexual assault and terroristic threatening charges. According to the plea agreement, the teen was allowed to argue for youthful offender status, which allows an incarceration period of eight years instead of 20 years.

Deputy Prosecutor Sheri Lawson told the court the plea agreement includes the prosecutor’s office not making statements to the Hawaii Paroling Authority. However, she did argue against the request for youthful offender status.

She told Kim that the facts speak for themselves and it doesn’t preclude the victim from speaking to the Hawaii Paroling Authority, and her voice is the one that matters.

“What we have in this case is a danger to the community,” Lawson said.

Lawson added there’s been no effort on Sigrah’s part for rehabilitation as he’s continued to drink and do drugs while out on bail.

Deputy Public Defender Wendy DeWeese echoed Kim’s comments on the bravery of the victim. She also argued for the youthful offender sentence.

“Today, the court is going to send a child to prison,” DeWeese said.

Kim reminded DeWeese of the victim.

“The victim is going to suffer the sheer savagery of this attack for the rest of her life,” Kim said. “This is not children. This is beyond child’s play.”

DeWeese did not disagree but pointed out that at this point, there was nothing more her client could do for the victim.

“The only thing he could do was plead guilty,” said DeWeese, who asked the court to give that consideration. “He did show a lot of maturity in that decision.”

While he hasn’t led a perfect life in two years, DeWeese said, Sigrah has shown he can show restraint. She asked that her client receive specialized treatment.

“Prison is going to be a terrible place for him no matter what,” she said.

After listening to the attorneys and victim, Kim said the case was sad on multiple levels.

“This, in my career, is the worst crime perpetrated on a young person,” he said.

Kim also spoke directly to Sigrah, who didn’t speak in court. The judge told the teen that no matter what, he’s going to get out of prison one day. But when he’s in his cell, Kim advised Sigrah to think of the victim, and the personal prison she now lives in every day.

Outside of the courtroom, the victim told West Hawaii Today she was happy with the sentencing.

“I’m a very strong person,” she said. “I won’t stand for abuse or heinous crimes.”

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The victim and her family continue to move forward toward healing.

“I’d like to see her play music again and get beyond the daily reminder of pain,” the victim’s father said outside the courtroom.

  1. Say What? September 18, 2018 2:06 pm

    Good-bye, dirt bag.
    Unmentioned here is if the parents of these sociopathic criminals feel any responsibility or remorse. They should.


    1. Dorianne September 19, 2018 8:37 am

      Maybe they came from a home that didn’t protect them as children


  2. ghost September 18, 2018 4:48 pm

    Kim was a noted lawyer & bar association president who plead cases before the Hawaii supreme court before his appointment as judge. I wish him all the best in filling the shoes of the previous jurist, who retired a year or so ago; Ronald Ibarra. Good luck.


    1. Dorianne September 19, 2018 8:50 am

      Ibarra was well liked by some and to those he gave unfair rulings, he is despised


  3. Big Mac September 19, 2018 12:04 am

    Keep him off the streets as long as possible.


  4. Buds4All September 19, 2018 4:01 am

    He should be castrated as well!


    1. Dorianne September 19, 2018 8:36 am

      Castrating rapists doesn’t stop their violence, they just use a tool


      1. Buds4All September 19, 2018 8:44 am

        Good Point! Then lock him up longer….nothing more heinous than doing that to a woman!


        1. Iki Mano September 20, 2018 3:36 am

          hanging them solves the problem


  5. Dorianne September 19, 2018 8:40 am

    These types of violent attacks cause anxiety and deep fear for a lifetime in many people.. thank goodness these violent humans have finally been punished. Hopefully the bleeding hearts dont let them out early on parole… they will continue harming other innocent victims


  6. Ernest T Bass September 19, 2018 9:24 am

    THAT is NOT a “BOY”
    The news and journalists have a habit, a bad habit of infusing and justifying criminal atrocious behaviors and referring sympathetically to the perpetrator in Child Like references.
    That is NOT a boy…..not anymore….such as he is….he is a man.
    I applaud the sentence.


  7. Kaipo Wall September 19, 2018 7:14 pm

    ” he’s going to get out of prison one day” And when he does , he should be IMMEDIATELY Federally deported back to Kosrae , never ever to set foot in America again . It’s time to end the gangsterism that is beginning to grow in these so-called Compact of Free Association recipients . They come over here from their wonderful little islands and what do many do? Start listening to gangster rap music and acting out like the gangster punks they listen to . This has to stop . That Act , the Compact of Free Association needs to be brought to the attention of the Trump Administration , the Dept of Homeland Security and the Dept. of Justice and be amended to have strict provisions that withdraw all such rights as are now enjoying ,and specify immediate deportation , for those that come here and blatantly break our laws , rape our women , and live it up as young punk gangster wannabes . Let this case be a starting point for those changes . Or there will be many more cases . This one should be the 1st and the last


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