Kauai man pleads guilty to murder

Steven Wilson
Steven Wilson

On Kauai, a 26-year-old man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday.

Steven M. Wilson admitted in court that he stabbed his 21-year-old girlfriend in 2013.

“I knowingly caused the death of Kendra Lewis,” he said.

Deputy prosecuting attorney Melinda Mendes, who represented the State, reported that Wilson stabbed Lewis sometime between April 11 and April 26, 2013, the day her body was found, in the unit they shared at the Kawaihau Sports Villas in Kapaa.

“Wilson intentionally or knowingly caused the death of Kendra Lewis by stabbing her with a knife – twice in the abdomen, twice in the chest, and in her neck,” stated Mendes. “The defendant also stabbed Lewis multiple times in her back, and caused knife wounds to her cheek, legs and arm. The two had been in an intimate relationship and living together at the time he killed her.”

According to police, the couple had moved to Kauai from Alaska earlier that year. Court documents revealed Wilson told police Lewis had been seeing another man and he “snapped” when he found out.

Wilson will be sentenced on September 10 to life in prison with the possibility of parole. The parole board will set the minimum sentence he must serve before being eligible for parole.

Pursuant to a plea agreement, the state will ask for a 40-year minimum before the parole board, and agreed not to seek any enhanced sentencing.

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