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Visitor to Maui’s Haleakalā Found Guilty of Assault by Strangulation

April 19, 2018, 7:40 AM HST
* Updated April 19, 8:00 AM
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Visitor to Maui’s Haleakalā Found Guilty of Assault by Strangulation. PC: Haleakalā / Image: Chris Archer

A visitor to Maui’s Haleakalā National Park was found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault of his spouse by strangulation for an incident reported at Hosmer Grove campground on Oct. 18, 2017.

The verdict was handed down by a federal jury on Wednesday, a few hours after a four and a half day trial.

Kenji M. Price, United States Attorney, said that according to information presented in court, 44-year-old Matthew Berckmann threatened his wife with a large kitchen knife while pinning her to the ground by holding his forearm against her throat.

Witnesses to the incident called 911.  Berckmann was taken into custody by a Park Ranger, aided by two Maui Police Department officers.

Berckmann faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on each count when he is sentenced on Aug. 6, 2018 by US District Judge Susan Oki Mollway.

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The investigation was led by the National Park Service, with assistance from the FBI and the Maui Police Department. Assistant US Attorneys Michael Albanese and Marion Percell handled the prosecution.

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