Two individuals have been sentenced for the brutal murder of Telma Boinville, a woman cleaning a Hawaiian vacation rental, more than five years after the tragic incident. Stephen Brown received a life sentence with the possibility of parole for murder, along with 20 years each for kidnapping a child and burglary.
Hailey Dandurand, Brown’s girlfriend at the time of the slaying, was also given a life sentence with the possibility of parole for murder and kidnapping. Additionally, she received an extended term of 20 years for burglary in the first degree and 10 years for unauthorized possession of confidential personal information, per HawaiiNewsNow.
Judge Rowena Somerville, presiding over the sentencing, characterized the case as one of the most heinous in Hawaii. She remarked, “Ms. Boinville was brutally killed when she happened upon the defendants at her place of work. The defendants could have left the premises, but instead chose to beat her with multiple objects — knives, a machete, and even a meat tenderizer.”
During the sentencing, neither Dandurand nor Brown spoke. Both were convicted of second-degree murder, burglary, and kidnapping related to the slaying. The murder profoundly impacted the peaceful North Shore neighborhood of Pupukea, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
Boinville, a 51-year-old teacher cleaning vacation rentals for extra income, was attacked while her 8-year-old daughter, Makana, waited in the car. The young girl was subsequently kidnapped, tied up inside the home, and informed of her mother’s tragic fate.
Prosecutors revealed during Brown’s trial that Boinville had walked in on Brown and Dandurand burglarizing the home. Brown restrained her, leading to her brutal killing with a machete and other weapons. At the sentencing, Kevin Emery, Boinville’s husband, testified about the harrowing ordeal endured by their now 14-year-old daughter.
“My daughter sleeps in my bed more than her own,” he told the court, Island News reported. “She doesn’t go into a home or a house, bedroom, bathroom, or even a kitchen unless I check if it’s safe. I drove her to school for three years. For three years I drove her and I picked her up from school because she was terrified. She wouldn’t be here today because she’s terrified of what these two have done to her.”