Kauai man sentenced for manslaughter, assault in deadly stabbing

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A Kauai man was sentenced for killing a man and stabbing a pregnant woman in 2015.

Francisco Keola Manuel, 38, of Lihue, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday.

Just after midnight on Sept. 26, 2015, Manuel, his then-girlfriend Jasmine Duque, and Gary Allianic Jr. were behind the Garden Island BBQ restaurant in Lihue when a fight erupted. During the fight, Manuel took out a knife and fatally stabbed Allianic.

An autopsy revealed that Allianic died from a three-inch deep stab wound to his chest that punctured his right lung.

Manuel also stabbed Duque in her back when Duque got between Manuel and Allianic. She was pregnant at the time.

Manuel fled the scene on foot with Duque. Duque was later dropped off at Wilcox Memorial Hospital where she was treated for injuries.

Manuel was apprehended the next afternoon after an intensive search by the Kauai Police Department. Following a two-day preliminary hearing in District Court, the case was bound over to Circuit Court.

In March, Manuel entered no contest pleas to one count of manslaughter for killing Allianic and one count of second-degree assault for stabbing Duque.

Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar said, “This defendant’s reckless and callous actions have inflicted tremendous pain and suffering on the surviving friends and family of Gary Allianic Jr. It is our hope that this sentence will give them the closure that can help them move forward in their lives. I am satisfied that this defendant will have many years of incarceration to contemplate the damage he has done.”

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