Second suspect enters plea in 2012 Big Island homicide; cousins killed Hawaiian Acres man



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HILO, Hawaii — A second suspect charged with the 2012 killing of a Hawaiian Acres man has changed his plea to guilty.

Claude Keone Krause, 32, pleaded guilty Thursday to killing Dante Peter Gilman on Dec. 28, 2012, at Gilman's home.

Krause's cousin, Kawena Krause, 21, pleaded no contest to the murder Oct. 7.

A video camera in Gilman's home captured Claude Krause holding Gilman at gunpoint while Kawena Krause choked him to death, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://bit.ly/1rtjMyY) reported.

Prosecutors dropped burglary, robbery, theft and firearms charges against Claude Krause in exchange for the guilty plea. Hilo Circuit Judge Glenn Hara will sentence him Dec. 8.

The plea deal calls for Krause to be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Prosecutors will request that the Hawaii Paroling Authority set his minimum prison term at 30 years.

Gilman, 44, was a former competition surfer and son of the late Peter Gilman, a Honolulu Star-Bulletin reporter in the 1950s who wrote a best-selling novel, "Diamond Head." The book was made into a 1963 movie starring Charlton Heston.

Gilman was reported missing Jan. 10, 2013. His body was found 12 days later on a road off Stainback Highway in Panaewa.

Gilman's girlfriend, Alohalani Silva, said last year the cousins had stolen a motorcycle from Gilman, leading Gilman to install the security cameras because he feared other thefts or violence. After the murder, the two men ransacked and burglarized Gilman's home but did not find the surveillance system hard drive, Silva said. Silva turned it over to police, she said.

According to documents filed by prosecutors, the footage showed Claude Krause pointing "what appears to be a rifle" at Gilman and Kawena Krause, then 19, choking Gilman until he was still.

"The defendant, Mr. Claude Krause, was armed with a firearm and, basically, pointed the firearm at the victim in this case while Kawena Krause strangled him to death," said deputy prosecutor Rick Damerville in court.

Kawena Krause is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 2.


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

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