- Associated Press - Friday, June 15, 2018

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaii man convicted of attacking an employee of a Maui business with a hammer has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Ramoncito Abion, 51, was sentenced this week after he was found guilty of second-degree assault at a trial in March, The Maui News reported .

Abion struck a woman in the back of the head with a hammer outside Waiehu Super Stop in January 2016, prosecutors said.

“It’s truly remarkable that this victim survived this attack and that we were not here on an even more serious charge,” Judge Richard Bissen said Wednesday.

The woman had told Abion to leave the area around the store. He later followed her down an alley and struck her, according to testimony.

“It was a direct hammer strike to the head of a completely innocent person,” Deputy Prosecutor Brandon Segal said. “He fractured her skull and caused her pain and injury, not just physically, but mentally.”

Deputy Public Defender Nikki List requested probation for Abion, saying he did not have a criminal history and blaming the attack on a mental health issue.

“He was hearing voices on that day,” List said. “It is completely uncontested that he was not under the influence on that day and time, but he was hearing voices talking to him.”

The judge denied the probation request, noting in court that Albion was found to be mentally competent to stand trial by three mental health professionals.

“They say he’s in the condition he’s in because he used crystal methamphetamine, and that’s not a valid defense,” Bissen said.


Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com

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