Maui County: Man sent to prison for punching the ex-firefighter who was coming to help

  • Source: Maui News
  • Published: 08/09/2019 09:35 AM

A five-year prison term was ordered for a man who assaulted a retired firefighter, who suffered a broken orbital bone. Ikaika Balanza White, 35, had pleaded no contest to second-degree assault. In arguing for the prison term during the July 23 sentencing hearing, Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Teshima said the defendant was a danger to the community. The assault occurred Feb. 8, 2017, when the retired firefighter saw Balanza White appearing to be in distress and went up to him to see what was wrong, Teshima said. He said Balanza White punched the firefighter, who suffered a broken orbital bone that required surgery. When there were complications, the firefighter required additional surgery, Teshima said. A plea agreement between the defense and prosecution had recommended probation for Balanza White, who was released from jail on supervision to his family. But he was arrested again for abusing a family member in March.


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