David Keeler finally gets attorney for court

LIHU’E — A man accused of kidnapping, sexual assault and harassment, finally has an attorney to represent him in court.

On Monday, David Keeler showed up in Judge Kathleen Watanabe’s courtroom with attorney Randal Valenciano.

“Glad to see you, Mr. Valenciano,” said the judge.

Keeler has been looking for an attorney since pleading not guilty to the charges on Sept. 12.

Two weeks after pleading not guilty, Keeler said that he still needs more time to retain Valenciano, after Watanabe gave him a time extension, warning Keeler that the next time he appeared before her, he’d better have Valenciano with him.

Watanabe gave Keeler another week to wrap things up.

Keeler was indicted in August on one kidnapping count, two counts of third-degree sexual assault, and one count of harassment.

If convicted, Keeler faces a maximum of 30 years and 30 days behind bars.

Keeler is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 3, 2006.

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