Hawaii paroling authority discusses prison term for former Big Island police officer
The Hawaii Paroling Authority met Wednesday to determine a minimum prison term again for a former Big Island police officer convicted of murdering his wife.
In 1999, Kenneth Mathison was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for the 1992 murder of his wife Yvonne.
Mathison was originally given a 25 year minimum term to serve before being eligible for parole, but a 2009 parole board reset that minimum to 90 years. The attorney general says procedural problems during that hearing have prompted this new hearing.
Yvonne Mathison's brother fought back tears as he told the board how his family has been hurt, especially his elderly mother.
"She cry about my sister. I don't think this animal should be here right now," said Robert Martins, brother of Yvonne Mathison. "Like his son called him an animal. He's an animal. No remorse."
Mathison is serving time in Arizona. He continues to maintain it was an accident.
On Wednesday, the parole board gave the deputy attorney general in the case two weeks to explain how a 90 year minimum term is not vindictive, and what length of time would be appropriate.
A final decision by the board is at least a month away.
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