Jaylin Kema released from custody in plea agreement with prosecutors


Jaylin Kema, mother of “Peter Boy” Kema, was released from jail after appearing in front of a judge in a Hilo courtroom Thursday morning.

She was granted supervised released until her sentencing, which is scheduled for June 13. She faces up to 10 years of probation following that.

When she learned she was getting out of Hawaii Community Correctional Center, Kema had nothing to say to the court or to the cameras. It was a very different reaction from one we saw a few months ago, when Kema admitted through tears that her son was dead.

“I failed to protect my son,” she said in December 2016.

Deputy prosecutor Ricky Roy Damerville asked the judge to order that Kema not have contact with the rest of her family until sentencing, citing a request from her family.

“We specifically asked the family yesterday if they wanted to have any contact, and at that time we talked to them, they said they had no desire at this time,” said Hawaii County prosecutor Mitch Roth.

Prosecutors say Peter Boy’s family is going through a challenging time after recently visiting the location in Puna where his remains might be.

“For many years, the family was coming out and saying ‘Mom, just tell the truth,'” said Damerville. “They basically were asking for their mom to do that and the dynamics of child abuse, spouse abuse is very, very difficult and hard to understand.”

“But at the end of the day, it was the family’s (decision),” Roth said. “They wanted to have that opportunity to know what happened, where he was, because we would not know necessarily what happened.”

Damerville also asked for a drug use assessment and follow-up, citing Kema may have had an addiction to prescription drugs before being incarcerated. The judge agreed to both additional conditions.

Other requirements in her supervised release include:

  • Drug assessment and treatment
  • Must not commit any offenses
  • Appear in person for court
  • Remain in state unless she gets approval from judge
  • Go to Hawaii Intake Service Center to put in address of where she is staying and phone number
  • No alcohol or drugs, not even possession
  • Submit to random drug tests
  • No firearms or explosives
  • Subject to electronic monitoring

Her scheduled release is part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. In December, Kema plead guilty to manslaughter in her son’s death. Thursday marks one year that she has served behind bars.

If her husband, Peter Kema Sr. were to stand trial, as part of the deal, she would have had to testify against him. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter earlier this month.

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