Pinoy pleads no contest to killing woman in Hawaii

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Posted at Jun 11 2019 01:40 PM

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A 28-year old Filipino pleaded no contest to killing his 40-year old neighbor in Hawaii nearly 4 years ago.

Jhun Ley Irorita had initially pleaded not guilty to killing Helen Prestosa in in November 2015.

He claimed it was his father, Roger Rivera, who had the motive to kill Prestosa, their downstairs neighbor and that he was being framed by his own parents.

Irorita claimed that his father was given a job by the victim at the Jack in the Box branch where Prestosa worked as manager. But prior to her death, she was about to expose a fraudulent disability claim that Rivera filed at work.

But it was Irorita who was accused of killing Prestosa and dumping her remains on Mount Tantalus. Her remains were found April of 2016.

Prestosa's girlfriend testified that she believes Irorita fatally struck her with an iron inside their Kalihi home.

However, during his trial last week, Irorita changed his not guilty plea to no contest after reaching a deal with prosecutors.

Prosecutors lessened his charge from murder to first-degree assault. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

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