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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Kihei man sentenced for role in brawl

Maui News

For his role in a bloody brawl outside a K´hei bar two years ago, 30-year-old Kawika Franco was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail.

A jury last year convicted him of a petty misdemeanor charge in the case.
Second Circuit Judge Richard Bissen gave Franco credit for the more than 30 days he had already spent in jail. Franco, of K´hei, was also ordered to pay $50,877 in restitution jointly with co-defendant Shawn Kalani Brown.
The restitution is to pay for medical expenses of victim Jamie Alexander, 29, who did not have medical insurance when he was beaten in the early-morning hours of June 15, 2008, outside Oceans Beach Bar and Grill at Kukui Mall.
Brown, who was convicted of first-degree assault in the case, was sentenced in January to 10 years in prison with a mandatory minimum of three years and four months before he is eligible for parole.
Franco was convicted on a lesser charge of third-degree assault by mutual affray, a petty misdemeanor.
In the beating, Alexander suffered a facial fracture, broken right sinus and nose. He required three staples for a laceration to the back of his head and had surgery to implant a permanent metal plate in the left side of his face.