No. 7875.

648 P.2d 197 (1982)

STATE of Hawaii, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Vili Salua FAATEA, also known as Joe Sefo, Defendant-Appellant.

Supreme Court of Hawaii.

July 21, 1982.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Edmund K.U. Yee, Honolulu (Yamamoto & Yee, Honolulu, of counsel), for defendant-appellant.

Peter B. Carlisle, Deputy Pros. Atty., Honolulu, for plaintiff-appellee.

Before RICHARDSON, C.J., NAKAMURA, J., MARUMOTO, Retired Justice, assigned in place of LUM, J., excused, and OGATA and MENOR, Retired Justices, assigned temporarily.


The defendant Vili Salua Faatea was convicted of five counts of robbery in the first degree pursuant to HRS § 708-840(1)(b)(ii). He was sentenced to an extended prison term of life without the possibility of parole for a period of ten years based on the trial court's finding that the defendant was a multiple offender. He appeals.

The facts of this case are not in dispute. On the morning of September 17, 1979, the defendant and a companion...

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