Judge sentences Deguair to 20 years for Aiea robbery

By Lara Yamada
Published On: Jan 02 2013 07:02:00 PM HST

"This case is about an execution," said prosecutor Scott Bell in 2009. That's when prosecutors were trying to nail Patrick Deguair for the murder of Jermaine Duckworth in Honolulu.

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"This case is about an execution," said prosecutor Scott Bell in 2009. That's when prosecutors were trying to nail Patrick Deguair for the murder of Jermaine Duckworth.

They say Deguair shot and killed Duckworth, then pushed him off a cliff at Kaena point, because Duckworth ratted to police about an armed robbery in 2007.

Duckworth told police that he and three other men, including DeGuair, donned masks, guns, and fake DEA gear, then busted into a Maile home.

"So, he said 'DA, get on the floor!'" said the homeowner during the trial.

"The prosecution makes no reference to any other cases or any other allegations," said Bell, in court on Wednesday.

After two mistrials in the murder case, prosecutors only focused on another robbery that happened at the Aiea Que just one week after detectives found Duckworth's body on that rocky cliff side.

But there was no mention of that on Wednesday.

"Mr. Deguair has virtually no prior record," said Circuit Court Judge Glenn Kim, who sentenced Deguair to 20 years in the Aiea robbery on Wednesday, with the possibility of parole, and crediting him for time served. 

Kim then denied requests by prosecutors for an extended sentence, saying, without any other major convictions to date, there was no case for it. 

There is yet another trial coming up in March that prosecutors said was the incident that started it all, the home invasion involving Duckworth and Deguair.

On Wednesday, Deguair asked for a new attorney, which is a move that could delay the March trial even more.

"These three cases, from the prosecution's perspective, are all intertwined and interrelated," said Bell.

It is yet another twist, and yet another hearing, in a story, with many chapters.

"The witnesses are ready to go to trial and they've been waiting for years now," he said.

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