- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A Maui police sergeant has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit witness tampering.

Hawaii News Now reports (https://bit.ly/2t4nS9J ) 35-year-old Sgt. Walter Ahuna admitted in court that he aided his cousin Damien Kaina, a fellow police officer, in an attempt to bribe a witness in October 2015.

Ahuna admitted he drove Kaina to a person’s house so Kaina could attempt to bribe them.

That person had previously accused a third officer, Anthony Maldonado, of stealing $1,800 from him during a routine traffic stop.

Ahuna’s attorney Myles Breiner says his client initially tried to talk Kaina out of offering the bribe.

Ahuna is still employed by the department, but is on leave.

He faces a 20-year maximum prison term. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 16.

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