Convicted killer denied petition for release from prison

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:07:08 PM HST   Updated On: Dec 06 2013 05:49:38 PM HST

A convicted killer was resentenced to life in prison with a possibility of parole on Friday for a murder that shocked the Waimanalo community more than 30 years ago.

In 1978, Dana Rapozo was just 19 years old when he shot and killed his friend Gary Borges in a Waimanalo home.

Rapozo was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison with a possibility of parole.

Now, 35 years later, his defense lawyer says he has served his minimum time and is requesting for his release.

"We are sentencing Mr. Rapozo today, the 50-something-year-old Mr. Rapozo. Not the 19-year-old impulsive person back then," said defense attorney Victor Bakke. "Things have changed, your honor."

Even the victim's common-law wife agrees. But not his immediate family.

"Another 25 years, we're happy. Then we don't have to worry about an old, feeble man walking around," said Doreen Borges, the victim's sister.  "Another worry we have, he has another brother. (That's) why he killed my brother. The whole gym was witness, dude.  You didn't have to kill my brother."

Judge Michael Wilson opted to keep him locked up, resentencing Rapozo to life with the possibility of parole.

"I truly believe that the judge felt that Mr. Rapozo was worthy and ready to be released," Bakke said. "The problem is legally, he didn't have the ability to put in place a long-term supervision for the protection of the public."

The defense said it will now prepare a parole plan that includes a transitional work-release program.

"It's a little relief, but now we got to pound on the paroling board and I hope they hear us and feel our hurt," said Borges.

Rapozo will return to a federal prison on the Mainland.


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