Big Island man sentenced to probation in deadly stabbing

Published On: Dec 24 2013 10:12:05 AM HST   Updated On: Nov 06 2013 02:23:28 PM HST
Daniel Schuster

Hawaii County Police Dept.

Daniel Schuster

HILO, Hawaii -

A Honomu man convicted of manslaughter has been sentenced to 10 years probation and time served.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Daniel Schuster pleaded guilty in September to stabbing to death his housemate, 30-year-old Joshua Trickel, on July 12, 2012.

Schuster must complete 400 hours of community service and other probation conditions.

Schuster was originally charged with second-degree murder. He made the plea deal with the support of Trickel's mother.

Leslie Peters says she wants to give Schuster a chance to change his life.  She says she doesn't believe Schuster tried to kill her son.

During a preliminary hearing, a woman who lived in the same building testified the men were trying to raise money owed to a drug dealer and that Schuster told her Trickel had stabbed him first.

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