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Father of Hawaii boy missing for 2 decades is sentenced

FILE - In this April 5, 2017, file photo, Peter Kema Sr., left, pleads guilty to manslaughter and first-degree hindering prosecution, in Hilo Circuit ...
FILE - This June 6, 2016, file photo taken in Honolulu, shows a bumper sticker Hawaii officials distributed in a campaign for a Hawaii boy who disappe...

FILE - In this April 5, 2017, file photo, Peter Kema Sr., left, pleads guilty to manslaughter and first-degree hindering prosecution, in Hilo Circuit ...

FILE - This June 6, 2016, file photo taken in Honolulu, shows a bumper sticker Hawaii officials distributed in a campaign for a Hawaii boy who disappe...

HONOLULU (AP) — The father of a 6-year-old Hawaii boy has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for manslaughter two decades after the child disappeared.

TV station Hawaii News Now reports that Peter Kema Sr. was sentenced Monday in a deal with prosecutors that required him to reveal the location of his son's body.

He led police and prosecutors to a rural, coastal area of the Big Island, but authorities couldn't find any remains. Kema later passed a polygraph test, which allowed his sentencing to move forward.

Prosecutors believe the child, known as "Peter Boy," was abused and died after a festering arm sore went untreated.

The boy's mother, Jaylin Kema, was released from jail in April after serving a year for his death. She also pleaded guilty to manslaughter.


Updated : 2021-10-17 00:05 GMT+08:00