Updated: October 3, 2022
A man accused of murdering his estranged wife at a Wailuku supermarket was sentenced on Thursday morning to life in prison with the possibility of parole, according to court documents. Stephen B. Schmidt was also ordered to serve a 10 year term to run concurrently and pay $8,925 in restitution, under a sentence handed down by Judge Peter Cahill.
Kehalani Foodland stabbing. Background image PC Wendy Osher. Court image of Stephen Schmidt (top) by Wendy Osher (5.22.17). Bottom image of Kehau Farias, courtesy file photo.
Schmidt had pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of second degree murder and other charges in connection with the case.
The charges stem from an April 19, 2016 incident at the Kehalani Foodland in Wailuku in which 24-year-old Kehau Farias Schmidt had her throat slashed, and two men who tried to intervene (James Reeves of Haʻikū and Scott Spencer “Kip” Stolsig of Wailuku) were stabbed. A third individual, David Ryan testified in a preliminary hearing that he was shopping with Farias Schmidt when he was confronted by the suspect, who allegedly pulled out a knife.
During an evidentiary hearing in May of 2017, several doctors testified in an attempt to determine Schmidt’s mental fitness.
The judgement, conviction and sentence according to court documents includes the following:
Charge(s) to Which Defendant Plead, and is Convicted and Found Guilty of:
Count One: Murder in the Second Degree
Count Three: Attempted Murder in the Second Degree
Count Four: Assault in the First Degree
Final Judgement and Sentence of the Court
Term: Life with the Possibility of Parole, Counts One and Three
10 Years, Count Four
Terms to Run Concurrent
Court ordered the following:
• Must pay Restitution in the amount of $4,000 in Count One (Crime Victim Compensation Commission) and $4,925.08 in Count Four (Crime Victim Compensation Commission) for a total of $8,925.08, as provided by law while incarcerated; thereafter, pay restitution at the rate of at least $30 per month. Restitution herein shall be enforceable as a free-standing order and is punitive in nature and therefore, not dischargeable in bankruptcy.
• Must pay the Crime Victim Compensation fee in the amount of $505 in Counts One and Three and $205 in Count Four, for a total of $1,215.
• Must pay the Internet Crimes Against Children fee in the amount of $100 in Counts One and Three and $75 in Count Four, for a total of $275.
• Must pay the Crime Victim Compensation fee/Internet Crimes Against Children fee at the rate of 25% of gross earnings while incarcerated; thereafter, at the rate of at least $30 per month. Restitution shall be payable first. Other payments shall be applied in the same order as they are listed in this paragraph.
The Defendant entered the plea(s) indicated. It is adjudged that the Defendant has been convicted of and is guilty of the offense stated above, committed in the manner and form set forth in the charge.