Man found guilty in Liliha arson trial

Published On: Apr 16 2014 02:35:00 PM HST
James Kimo Moses

A man accused of setting a Liliha house on fire has been found guilty of arson, manslaughter, attempted murder in the second degree and attempted assault Wednesday.

The jury returned the verdict just before noon.  The jury could not reach a verdict on a first-degree attempted murder charge.

The prosecution said James Kimo Moses, 46, set the fire that killed 76-year-old Clarence Isobe and left more than 20 others homeless in the early morning hours of Feb. 2, 2011.

Moses was evicted from the home just two months before the fire.  Moses' girlfriend at the time told police he confessed to her about the crime.

The defense said there was no credible evidence that Moses made any threats or had a vendetta or any specific reason to harm anyone in the house.

Moses faces a mandatory life sentence in prison with the possibility of parole.

Sentencing is set for July 16.


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