Mother of Marine stabbed to death in Hawaii speaks out after suspect takes plea deal

Mother of Marine stabbed to death in Hawaii speaks out after suspect pleads guilty

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Pictures of Sgt. William Mike Brown line the walls of his mother’s house.

“He was a good kid. He loved the military,” Betty E. Reese said of her son.

Brown was with a group of friends when they were attacked by a mob of teenagers in the early morning hours on Wakiki Beach in Hawaii in October of 2017.

Reese-Luster said her son was trying to protect his friend’s girlfriend when a then 16-year-old stabbed her son in the heart.

Friday, she was back in Hawaii nearly two years after her son’s death to find some peace and justice.

The suspect, Nicholas Torres changed his plea in court Friday.

“I recklessly caused the death of William Michael Brown," Torres said, reading from a written statement.

“Is that what you did?” asked the judge. “Yes," Torres replied.

Torres took a plea deal, so instead of the potential life sentence for second degree murder, he plead down to manslaughter.

Brown’s mother says she is “very angry” with the outcome and was upset prosecutors took a plea deal.

She was also angry that of the 15 juveniles that attacked her son and friends, only one has been charged.

“Each one of them should be tried for accessory to murder or something,” Reese-Luster said.

Her one solace in this tragedy is a picture of her son just before he was killed.

Fallen Marine (Source: Betty Reese-Luster)
Fallen Marine (Source: Betty Reese-Luster)

“He was smiling and the sun was setting and that was his last sunset and he was happy,” she said.

Torres’ sentencing will be in September.

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