Maui man gets 20 years in girlfriend injury case

Published On: Jun 24 2013 04:18:00 PM HST

Isaiah David Shim

HONOLULU -

A 29-year-old Maui man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for injuring his pregnant girlfriend over six hours.

The Maui News reports Isaiah Shim in a plea deal pleaded no contest to counts including sexual assault, kidnapping and terroristic threatening.

Defense attorney James Brumbaugh called for a 10-year prison term at the sentencing Friday.  He says the 25-year-old victim spent several hours in a hospital but was not seriously injured.

He acknowledged that Shim on April 1, 2012, hit the woman with a pipe, burned her with a cigarette, squeezed her toes with pliers and sexually assaulted her with a beer bottle but said nothing in Shim's past indicated he was violent.

Deputy Prosecutor Kristin Coccaro says Brumbaugh's account minimized the victim's physical, sexual and psychological torture.

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