- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - One of two men charged with murder in the death of a Hawaiian Acres man in 2012 changed his plea Tuesday to no contest.

Kawena Krause, 21, will be sentenced Dec. 1 for his role in the death of Dante Peter Gilman, 44, on Dec. 28, 2012, at Gilman’s home.

A plea agreement calls for him to be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Prosecutors will recommend a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence for the second-degree murder conviction.

Krause’s cousin, Claude Keone Krause, 32, is scheduled for trial in the case Nov. 3, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald (https://bit.ly/1xp9eVP) reported.

Gilman, a former competitive surfer, was the son of the late Peter Gilman, a Honolulu Star-Bulletin reporter in the 1950s and author of “Diamond Head,” a novel made into a 1963 movie starring Charlton Heston.

Dante Peter Gilman was reported missing Jan. 10, 2013. Police found his body 12 days later along the “Tree Planting Road” off Stainback Highway in Panaewa.

The Krause cousins were linked to the death by a surveillance video taken at Gilman’s home.

According to police, it showed Claude Krause pointing “what appears to be a rifle” at Gilman and Kawena Krause choking Gilman until he stopped moving.

Gilman’s girlfriend, Alohalani Silva, said last year Gilman feared the Krauses and installed surveillance equipment after they stole a motorcycle from him. He reported the theft, she said, and had an acquaintance confront them. The Krauses told Gilman they would take his pickup truck and threatened to kill him, she said.

Prosecutors dropped robbery, burglary, theft and firearms charges against Kawena Krause as part of the plea agreement.

Deputy Prosecutor Jack Matsukawa told Hilo Circuit Judge Glenn Hara that the evidence at a trial would have proved Kawena Krause choked Gilman to death.

“That’s the case that you’re pleading no contest to?” Hara asked Krause.

“Yes,” he replied.

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Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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