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Brothers get 13-year sentences


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POSTED: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A judge sentenced to 13 years each two brothers who participated in a home invasion and robbery last year that left a man paralyzed from the waist down.

Kevin Khamsouk, 20, and Kerry Khamsouk, 19, were each facing a maximum of 11 life terms with the possibility for parole plus 20 years for their roles in the Aug. 11, 2008, in the invasion and robbery at an Aliamanu home.

They had each pleaded no contest to first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, kidnapping and using a firearm to commit their crimes.

Circuit Judge Karen Ahn sentenced them to five years in prison for the burglary and eight years for the other crimes under a state law that allows judges to impose lower prison sentences on defendants who are younger than 22 and who have no prior felony convictions.

Ahn also ordered the brothers, who were 19 and 17 when they committed the crimes, to each contribute $3,560 into a state fund for victims of crime.

A third brother who also participated in the home-invasion robbery was 15 at the time. His case was handled in state Family Court.

One of the two other robbers who entered the home wearing a mask and brandishing a handgun is serving a 30-year prison term after he admitted shooting 21-year-old Timothy Lapitan in the robbery, permanently paralyzing him.