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Prosecutors Indict Ocean View Man with Kidnapping, Felony Abuse, and Terroristic Threatening Charges

by Thunda

Prosecuting Attorney Kelden Waltjen announced that 50 year-old Ian Winther of Ocean View was indicted by a Kona grand jury in relation to a domestic incident that occurred on April 29, 2024 at a residence on King Kalakaua Lane in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision.

Winther was arrested on Tuesday morning on a $143,000.00 Indictment warrant.

On May 21, 2024, Winthers made his initial appearance in Kona Circuit Court where his bail was maintained at $143,000.00. His trial is scheduled for September 10, 2024. Winther was originally charged by way of Complaint and made his initial appearance in Kona District Court on May 2, 2024. Over prosecutors’ objections, the Kona District Court judge released Winther on supervised release and ordered him to appear for a preliminary hearing on May 30, 2024. On May 7, 2024, Prosecutors presented the case before the Kona grand jury, obtained a true bill, and the issuance of the $143,000.00 warrant.

As the Indictment alleges, Winther is charged with Kidnapping (intentionally or knowingly restrained another person with intent to inflict bodily injury upon and/or subject another person to a sexual offense), Felony Abuse of a Family or Household Member (causing bodily injury by impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood by applying pressure on the throat or the neck with any part of the body or a ligature and/or blocking the nose and mouth), Terroristic Threatening in the First Degree, and Assault in the Third Degree.

Kidnapping is a class A felony offense that carries a penalty of a twenty-year prison term. Felony Abuse and Terroristic Threatening in the First Degree are both class C felony offenses that carry a maximum penalty of a five-year prison term.

The charges are merely allegations, and the Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case was initiated by Ka‘u Patrol. The felony investigation was led by Detective Donovan Kohara, Area II Criminal Investigation Section, and assisted by Detective Scott Dewey. The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kate Perazich.

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