Updated: September 30, 2022
Kumulipo Sylva, the man accused of the “near decapitation” of Eduardo Alejandro “Alex” Cerezo with a machete at a mall bathroom on Maui in 2018, is now named as a suspect in a deadly inmate-on-inmate assault at the Hālawa Correctional Center on Oʻahu.
According to Public Safety officials, staff at Hālawa were alerted to a report of the assault at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.
A spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety tells Maui Now that a 70-year-old inmate was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital following the incident, but was pronounced dead a short time later at 11:34 a.m.
Wednesday’s incident remains under criminal and administrative investigation.
Prosecutors in the earlier Maui case had sought a second degree murder conviction against Sylva, but the man was ultimately found guilty of a lesser manslaughter charge “based on extreme mental or emotional disturbance.” He is currently serving a 20-year prison term.
Information on the other inmate involved in Wednesday’s altercation was not released.