Fatal punch lands man in prison for 10 years

It was a single punch that cost the life of a man, who had just arrived in Hawaii hours earlier. Christopher Reuther was killed by Less Schnabel, Jr. at a Nanakuli beach park in April 2007.

On Tuesday, he received his sentence for the second time.

Schnabel is not new to a courtroom. In 2008, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing Reuther. The conviction was overturned by the Hawaii Supreme Court because of comments the prosecutor made to jurors. It was stunning news for the victim’s family.

“All the horror and disbelief that I got in April 2007 telling me that my son was brain dead and on life support in a Hawaii hospital came rushing back,” Reuther’s mother Judy Wilson said.

Since then Schnabel has pleaded guilty to first-degree assault. He apologized to his victims.

“I have hurt so many people and lives because of this situation and I just wish I could take it back,” Schnabel said.

Schnabel got 10 years in prison, with a mandatory eight years because of a plea agreement. Schnabel served more than three years the first time around in Reuther’s death.

The victim’s family tried to find some sort of closure.

“Chris was a truly remarkable young man, compassionate, intelligent, responsible, and in love with living. He was interested in every aspect of life,” Wilson said.

“I think today was as it should be and justice was served. And I think the family will have perhaps some closure at this point,” family friend Julie Wallace said.

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