Man charged with deadly downtown beating found guilty

A Circuit Court jury Tuesday found Michael Limjuco Abella guilty of manslaughter in the 2014 beating death of Shelton Higa.

Abella is facing a possible 20-year prison term when he is sentenced by Judge Colette Garibaldi on December 16.

The jury deliberated for five hours over two days after receiving the case late yesterday.

Higa, 57, was the victim of two unprovoked attacks in Chinatown on July 17, 2014. Witnesses said Higa was standing on the corner of Smith and Pauahi streets when Abella approached from behind, struck him on the head with a 40-ounce beer bottle and then left. The same witnesses testified at trial that Abella later returned and punched Higa several times in the head.

Higa was taken to The Queen’s Medical Center, where he lapsed into a coma due to severe bleeding in his brain. He died on July 29, 2014.

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