Teddy Munet apologizes in court

Published  5:42 PM HST Sep 04, 2013
Teddy Munet
HONOLULU -

The man accused of murdering his friend William Fallau in 2012 and escaping from prison guards apologized in court.

It's rare to see smiles in a courtroom just before a guilty plea, but Teddy Munet wore one. Rare goes hand in hand with Munet. He took off running from a transport van as he was headed to court back in February. Munet darted across the street and tried to yank a woman out of her car at Voyager Middle School, but she was buckled up. Munet said sorry to her today.

"I sincerely and full-heartedly apologize for any physical and emotional pain I may have caused you and your family. I had no right to involve you in my little escapade on the morning of Feb. 20. I could only imagine what it must have felt like to have someone pull you in your vehicle for no reason," said Munet.

He apologized some more to the judge.

"I do not seek leniency or any type of sympathy today. There are no excuses for any of my actions. I am a 30-year-old adult and I'm supposed to know from right or wrong," continued Munet.

Still, he received some sympathy. It came from the bench.

"Since you were born everybody that had anything to do with you has let you down. It's true, and I am sorry for that. Mr. Munet on the other hand, as you rightfully say there's no excuse for this kind of behavior," said Judge Glenn Kim.

That kind of behavior sent police on an island-wide search for more than 11 hours. It also exposed problems: Four vans of prisoners arrived in an area only built for two. Inmates were dropped off outside of a secure area of circuit court and Munet didn't have any leg restraints.

Munet received five years for the escape and 10 years for the robbery. His murder trial is set for October.

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