A 35-year-old Ocean View man was recently sentenced to less than a year incarceration and five years probation stemming from a February stabbing outside a Ka‘u convenience store.
Biti Biti Junior Jr. pleaded guilty June 19 to second-degree assault and driving under the influence of an intoxicant stemming from the Feb. 13 incident that left a 44-year-old Ocean View man injured, according to 3rd Circuit Court records.
3rd Circuit Court Chief Judge Ronald Ibarra sentenced him that day to five years probation and 360 days incarceration, with credit for time served, according to court records. He must also pay $387.65 in fines and fees, in addition to restitution that will be determined at a later date. Ibarra also ordered Junior write a letter of apology to the victim.
According to police, Junior allegedly used a knife to stab the 44-year-old in the ribs and neck before the victim was able to get away and summon help inside an Ocean View-area convenience store. The victim, who had gone to the store with his wife around 7:30 p.m., was an acquaintance of Junior.
The victim was taken to Kona Community Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released two days later. The man’s 38-year-old wife was not injured, according to police.