Man sentenced to life in prison for murdering Waianae teacher

Tittleman Fauatea
Tittleman Fauatea

The family of a woman who was stabbed to death at the Ewa Town Center more than four years ago finally got some closure on Tuesday, as her killer was sentenced.

Judge Rom Trader handed down a life sentence with the possibility of parole for Tittleman Fauatea.

Fauatea repeatedly attacked Asa Yamashita as she sat on a bench in February 2009.

Yamashita’s three sisters were in court on Tuesday, as well as her husband, Bryan, who addressed Fauatea.

“What you did was horrible and terrible thing to my wife at that time and with that I want to say that my daughters and I forgive you for what you did. We mean no ill will toward you,” Bryan Yamashita said.

“I think that the history of Mr. Fauatea’s medical history, which is detailed in more than 800 pages, which was submitted to the court, made quite clear that Mr. Fauatea was laboring under paranoia and schizophrenia,” defense attorney Barry Sooalo said.

The defense has maintained all along that Fauatea still does not understand what he’s done.

Along with the life sentence, the judge also ordered him to pay nearly $9,000 in restitution.

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