Hawaii father gets probation for daughter’s starvation death

HILO — A Hawaii father won’t serve additional jail time for his role in the starvation death of his 9-year-old daughter.

Kevin Lehano was sentenced to 10 years of probation and won’t serve more jail time because he has spent nearly four years behind bars, which is twice the maximum term in a probation sentence, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Thursday.

He pleaded no contest to manslaughter in April for the 2016 death of Shaelynn Lehano-Stone.

Deputy Prosecutor Suzanna Tiapula argued for a 20-year prison sentence, saying the girl weighed “what she had weighed when she was four years old.”

Lehano-Stone died of malnutrition in a home with three refrigerators that each contained food, Tiapula told the judge Wednesday.

“The refrigerators in that home, your honor, had alarms on them so she couldn’t access that food,” she said.

Lehano’s wife, Tiffany Stone, previously was sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading no contest to manslaughter and had spent nearly four-and-a-half years in jail.

The girl’s grandmother, Henrietta Stone, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. She was the girl’s legal guardian and had removed the child from Hilo Union Elementary to be home-schooled.

The girl was found unconscious in her grandmother’s apartment after Lehano called 911 on June 28, 2016. She died that day.

  1. andy July 5, 2021 5:57 pm Reply

    I’m all about justice…would it be okay to take the father, mother, and grandmother of Shaelynn up in a helicopter to about 500 feet and drop them in a lake of molten lava on the Big Island? Like I said, justice.

  2. Outraged July 5, 2021 6:12 pm Reply

    10yrs probation…..for starving their child to death. They killed their child. Tortured her. Had food she could not eat. Abused her physically, mentally and emotionally. This a total failure of justice. I’m disgusted.

  3. Hawaiian Mom July 5, 2021 8:37 pm Reply

    This was premeditated murder. These 3 criminal scum should be imprisoned for life without parole; and even that is too good for them. Why can’t Hawaii do a better job of protecting the innocent?

  4. Hirondelle July 6, 2021 10:26 am Reply

    Is the life of a child so cheap on the Big Island?

  5. MisterM July 6, 2021 11:11 am Reply

    4 years in jail and 10 years probation is justice? For starving your child to death? Unbelievable.

  6. knowitall July 6, 2021 11:49 am Reply

    This is terrible. What more does someone need to do to justify a steep prison sentence?!
    She was starved to death. Lived in desperate agony! The family of these monsters better turn away from them… let them starve in the streets.

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