Alves resentenced for 1997 murder

LIHU‘E — Monica Alves (aka Monica Peralto), 54, formerly of Kaua‘i, was resentenced for her role in the 1997 kidnapping and murder of Kimberly Washington-Cohen, Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar announced Thursday.

The sentence was handed down by Fifth Circuit Chief Judge Randal G.B. Valenciano. The Court sentenced Alves to serve a 20-year term for kidnapping consecutive to a life term (with the possibility of parole) for Murder in the Second Degree.

Alves and ex-husband Mitchell Peralto were convicted at trial in 1998 after they kidnapped and murdered Washington-Cohen, leaving her to die bound and suffocated near Nounou Road in Wailua.

Alves was originally sentenced to serve consecutive terms life without the possibility of parole for murder and life with the possibility of parole for kidnapping. More than 20 years of appeals and post-conviction proceedings ensued, including a resentencing in 2004 after a provision of the original sentence was deemed improper.

The State of Hawai‘i was represented at by Kollar and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tracy J. Murakami. Alves was represented by court-appointed counsel Keith Shigetomi.

“I want to thank the many staff in our office who have worked for the past 24 years to achieve justice for the family of Kimberly Washington-Cohen. Our thoughts remain with her and her ‘ohana,” Kollar said.

2 Comments
  1. Coconut June 11, 2021 2:17 am Reply

    Word on the rock is that multiple people were involved in the retaliation.

    This is a huge cover up story like the Kauai Serial Killer and Lauren Kagawa murder.

    Many unsolved murders and murderers made to look like suicides are done by those who sworn an oath to protect and serve.

    Ask around and people will tell you the real story about this murder case.

    Murderers on Kauai are still out there roaming free amongst the sheep.


  2. Legit June 11, 2021 8:13 pm Reply

    A person involved in the Aurero Moore murder may or shall be involved in a few murders and attempted murders.

    Truth be told.

    People know who you are and it’s a matter of time until you are exposed.


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