For nearly three years, Maui resident Kimberlyn Scott has been seeking justice for her 27-year-old daughter, Carly ‘Charli’ Scott, who was murdered in 2014 while she was five months pregnant.
Last week, a jury found her daughter’s former boyfriend, 27-year-old Steven Capobianco, whose child Scott was carrying, guilty of second-degree murder, according to Maui News. He was also found guilty of second-degree arson for burning Scott’s car to destroy evidence.
Prior to his March 24 sentencing, the jury also had to decide whether Capobianco murdered Scott in an “especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel manner” to determine whether or not Capobianco qualifies for a sentence of life in prison without parole.
On Tuesday, the jury voted “yes” to those questions unanimously, which means that Capobianco could receive an enhanced life sentence without the possibility of parole — the maximum sentence for second-degree murder, according to NBC 4i.
“He is finished,” Kimberlyn Scott wrote on her Facebook page after the jury’s decision. “He will never harm another in this community.”
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Before jurors reached their decision on Tuesday, prosecutor Robert Rivera told jurors that “killing Charli Scott was not enough for this man,” according to the website Maui Now.
Rivera held up the black skirt Scott wore when she was killed, which was riddled with cuts, showing that she sustained multiple stab wounds to the abdomen, according to Maui Now.
A knife was “plunged” in “time and time again,” he said, according to Maui Now. “It’s almost unimaginable how much she would have suffered.”
But Capobianco’s attorney, Jon Apo, said he believed that Scott died quickly and that “all murders are arguably heinous, atrocious and cruel,” according to ABC News.
“The more stab wounds, the quicker the onset of death,” Apo said in court, according to Maui Now. “The quicker the onset of death, the less suffering.”
Addressing the jurors, he added: “You may not like that, but that is common sense and reason.”
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Apo and Rivera could not be reached for comment.
Kimberlyn Scott spoke to PEOPLE in April, 2014, before many of Scott’s remains had been recovered.
“It is life-changing,” she said. “For the first couple of days you are looking for a live person. And then you find out, ‘No. You are looking for a body.’ And you are looking for bones and possibly hair and a bad smell.
“You’re looking for the most morbid things in the most beautiful place possible,” she said, describing the scenery of Maui.
“It’s very haunting.”
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