By Dave Andrusko
Following a nearly six-month-long trial and a near-hung jury, Steven Capobianco was sentenced Friday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend on Maui.
During the sentence hearing Second Circuit Chief Judge Joseph Cardoza told Capobianco, “Your actions were senseless, cold, calculated and self-centered, and for that you must serve an extremely severe penalty under the law, and all communities must be protected.”
According to reporter Mileka Lincoln Cardoza said Capobianco lured his ex-girlfriend Carly “Charli” Scott to her death.
In his closing remarks, Cardoza said that “as excited as Carly Scott was about the pregnancy, the defendant was not. The defendant seemed burdened that he would be tied to Carly for life for the birth of their child.”
He added, “There is absolutely no question that the murder of a pregnant woman is outrageous and horrific.”
In 2014, Scott was five months pregnant when she disappeared from the island of Maui. Her body was never found, but investigators “did find her jawbone, fingertips, hair and clothing,” Lincoln reported. “Court testimony revealed her skirt was punctured close to 20 times below the waistband.”
Capobianco, who did not testify during the trial or comment after the sentencing, said he was innocent.
In his opening statement Maui Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rivera told jurors
When they were no longer a couple, Capobianco had another girlfriend and Scott got pregnant. She decided to continue with the pregnancy even though Capobianco insisted on an abortion.
Prosecutors told the court that Capobianco stabbed Scott “nearly two dozen times before setting her car on fire as payback for not getting an abortion,” the Daily Mail reported. Capobianco was convicted of second-degree murder and arson for torching Scott’s car.
“She loved you enough to forgive so much,” Scott’s sister, Fiona Wais, said to the defendant in court Friday.”You took away the one thing she wanted to be. She wanted to be a mom”
Deliberations began December 1. Twelve days later the jury told Judge Cardoza they were at an impasse “but the judge urged jurors to push through their deadlock,” according to Lincoln. Following a break for Christmas, they resumed deliberations and “after three weeks, they finally reached a unanimous decision” More than 70 witnesses were called to testify.
Since Capobianco said he was innocent, he had no response when Scott’s mother, Kimberlyn Scott, whispered while facing Capobianco in court, “”Where is she? …Give her back to us. Do one decent thing and give her back.”
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