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North Kohala man sentenced to life in prison in 2015 standoff case

KEALAKEKUA — Ann Coito stepped up to the lectern Tuesday to address the court before the man who shot her daughter and a police officer nearly two years ago in North Kohala was sentenced.

“First off, I have something for Macy from his daughter,” she said as Macdon Thromman sat shackled in Hawaii Community Correctional Center garb. “‘Hi dad. Love you and I miss you a lot. Bubba miss you too. We all miss you.’”

Coito also brought a photo of Thromman and his daughter picking flowers to the hearing.

“Is he allowed to have this?” she asked the judge, who permitted her to pass it to Thromman’s attorney, Terri Fujioka-Lilley. After that, Thromman could be seen shedding tears.

Coito was relaying the message and picture from her grandchild to her father, Thromman, who was convicted by a 12-member jury in February of attempted second-degree murder for shooting Hawaii Police Department Officer Ray Fukada and first-degree assault for shooting and injuring his girlfriend, Heather Coito, among other offenses. Ann Coito is Heather Coito’s mother and also a victim of first-degree terroristic threatening in the case.

The July 13, 2015, incident resulted in a nearly 20-hour standoff between Thromman and police at a residence off Akoni Pule Highway in Kapaau.

She was also the only person, outside of letters, to provide a statement during Tuesday’s sentencing before 3rd Circuit Chief Judge Ronald Ibarra. And despite being a victim, Ann Coito spoke in support of Thromman on behalf of herself, her daughter and the family.

Ibarra sentenced Thromman, 39, to life in prison with the possibility of parole after he serves at least 15 years in prison for the attempted murder conviction. Consecutive to that sentence, Ibarra ordered Thromman to serve two separate five-year terms for first-degree terroristic threatening that each carry a mandatory minimum of three years.

Thromman also was sentenced to concurrently serve up to 20 years with a mandatory minimum of 10 years for kidnapping, 10 years with a mandatory minimum of five years for first-degree assault, five years with three years mandatory for each of two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and one year each for second-degree reckless endangering and failure to have permits to acquire a firearm.

Thromman began serving his sentences immediately, and he will receive credit for 579 days already served behind bars. Fujioka-Lilley said after sentencing that Ibarra must have recognized the “kind of man my client must have been before this occurred” for sentencing Thromman concurrently on some of the charges.

An appeal will be filed, she added.

Ibarra told Thromman that while bad days and breakups occur, “People don’t go around shooting other people to try to maintain their relationship.”

“Mr. Thromman, I read a lot of support letters from you and your friends, but unfortunately you made a bad choice that affects not only your life but affects other people’s lives: The officer who was shot, the officers who were shot at, your family members and your children,” the judge said. “Unfortunately, for you, like your lawyer points out, 24 hours will affect the rest of your life.”

Prior to the sentence being handed down, Thromman addressed the court, apologizing for his actions. He noted he did not plan to traumatize his family, the police officers and his community. He said he hopes the officers and their families can “find it in their hearts to forgive me.”

“Because of my actions, my children will grow up without their father,” he said, noting he plans to take advantage of every program available to him while incarcerated with the hopes he can “one day be a member of society again.”

“Justice was served today. The community, including the defendant’s family, are safe today,” said Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kauanoe Jackson.

Email Chelsea Jensen at cjensen@westhawaiitoday.com.

 

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