Man Faces Min. 200-year Prison Sentence in Child Murder

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Paroling Authority has written the final chapter in the prosecution of one of the most shocking murder cases in Hawaii in recent years.

The panel on Wednesday set a 200-year minimum term for a Honolulu man convicted of killing a 23-month-old boy. Matthew Higa, 25, can ask for a reduction in his prison term after serving a third of the minimum sentence, meaning he would be about 90 years old.

Higa was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in May for the 2008 death of young Cyrus Belt.

Prosecutors say Higa was high on crystal methamphetamine when he threw Cyrus from the 30-foot-high pedestrian overpass onto the H-1 freeway. The boy was run over by a delivery truck.

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