Last Waiki accomplice changes plea

The last of the seven defendants accused of aiding Justin Waiki following the fatal shooting of Hawaii Police Department Officer Bronson Kaliloa in July 2018 recently reached a plea agreement with the state.

Taumi Carr pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree hindering prosecution, a class C felony, on Dec. 22. In exchange for her plea, prosecutors dropped a second charge of hindering prosecution.

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Jamie Jason, Malia Lajala, Jorge Pagan-Torres, Krystle Ferreira, Kiel Brende and Mokihana Veincent have all been sentenced for their rolls for aiding and abetting Waiki. Carr is scheduled to be sentenced on March 8 and faces up to five years imprisonment.

Jason was one of four people, including Lajala and Pagan-Torres, inside a Toyota 4-Runner along with Waiki when police stopped the SUV at a checkpoint on South Point Road on July 20, 2018, three days after police said Waiki shot and killed Kaliloa on the side of Highway 11 in Mountain View.

During a search of the vehicle, Jason was found in the vehicle’s cargo hold with Waiki. The 33-year-old man was killed in an exchange of bullets with officers, during which a Special Response Team officer suffered nonfatal gunshot wounds. Jason also suffered a gunshot wound to her thigh.

In a deal with prosecutors, Jason entered guilty pleas to first-degree hindering prosecution, second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer and accomplice to ownership or possession of firearm when prohibited in connection with the incident. She was sentenced in June to six years incarceration.

In fall 2019, a jury found Lajala guilty of first-degree hindering prosecution and a lesser offense of second-degree attempted assault of a law enforcement officer. She was sentenced in January to six years incarceration, with credit for time served.

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Ferreira and Pagan-Torres were found guilty of the lesser offense of second-degree reckless endangering. Each was sentenced to one year incarceration, with credit for time served.

Brende and Veincent pleaded out to first-degree hindering prosecution and were sentenced to five years behind bars.