Minimum term decision delayed for Kona teen convicted of 2016 rape

  • Samuel Latrik appears in February in Kona Circuit Court for sentencing. (LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — A hearing to set the minimum prison term a Kailua-Kona teen will receive for his role in the 2016 rape of a woman at Old Kona Airport Park has been delayed again.

Samuel Latrik’s Monday hearing before the Hawaii Paroling Authority was continued because the 19-year-old’s attorney was not available, said Toni Schwartz, public information officer for the Department of Public Safety.

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A new hearing date is pending, she said. Meanwhile, Latrik, who faces a maximum of 20 years behind bars, will have to wait behind bars at Halawa Correctional Facility on Oahu to learn how much time he must serve before becoming eligible for parole.

Monday’s delay was the second of its kind. Latrik’s first minimum-term-setting hearing, originally expected to take place on June 6, was rescheduled because Latrik was transferred from Hawaii Community Correction Center to the Oahu medium security and special needs facility.

The second teen convicted in connection with the incident, after being adjudicated as an adult in Circuit Court, has already been ordered to serve 11 years of a 20-year sentence before he is eligible to seek parole.

Latrik was sentenced in February to serve up to 20 years in prison for the September 2016 rape of a 26-year-old woman on the soccer field at Old Kona Airport Park. The parole board has six months from that time, or until early August, to determine how much time he must serve before he can apply for parole.

He pleaded guilty and no contest to charges including first-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault, kidnapping and robbery, among others, during jury trial in November 2018 after the victim testified.

Sigrah pleaded guilty in July 2018, a month before his scheduled jury trial, to first-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault, kidnapping and second-degree robbery. He was sentenced in September 2018.

Latrik and Sigrah are also defendants, among others, in a 2018 civil suit filed by the victim. Also named as defendants are Latrik’s and Sigrah’s parents and the Hawaii Department of Education.

The suit sought $100,000 in compensatory damages overall, in addition to $100,000 in punitive damages from Sigrah and Latrik, and their parents.

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In late April, the Department of Education and the plaintiff together asked that the judge dismiss the state from the case, although Kona Circuit Court Judge Robert D.S. Kim had yet to sign off on that stipulation as of Wednesday.

Most recently, the plaintiff filed a motion in late June for default judgment on all counts in the complaint against Latrik, Sigrah and their parents after none responded to the complaint filed Aug. 20, 2018. Kim is set to hear the motion Aug. 12.

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