Judge maintains bail at $500,000 for man considered flight risk

WAILUKU – Saying he had to consider dangerousness and the risk of flight, a judge Tuesday kept bail at $500,000 for a Napili man charged with manslaughter in the beating death of a co-worker last year.

William Ranep, 38, had asked for bail to be reduced to $100,000. That was the amount originally set when police arrested Ranep and charged him with second-degree murder in the death of 58-year-old Lahaina resident Danny Jose.

Police found Jose unresponsive on the ground near the rear parking lot of the Napili Plaza at about 7 p.m. Nov. 12. He was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead the next morning.

Police said both Ranep and Jose worked for a maintenance company.

Ranep and Jose had an altercation earlier in the day before Ranep knocked Jose unconscious during another altercation that evening, said First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rivera. He said an eyewitness testified that Ranep began stomping and kicking Jose in the head more than a dozen times. After beating Jose until he was unconscious, Ranep walked away, then returned and started kicking Jose again, Rivera said.

He said the prosecution had sought a murder charge in the case, but a 2nd Circuit Court grand jury returned an indictment on the lesser charge of manslaughter.

In recommending that bail continue at $500,000, Rivera noted that Ranep had posted bail to be released when it was set at $100,000.

“He does have means to bail out,” Rivera said.

He said that Ranep is a citizen of the Federated State of Micronesia.

Deputy Public Defender Adriel Menor said Ranep had remained on Maui after being released on bail while the case was pending.

Second Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza said that he was following the recommendation of a bail study in keeping Ranep’s bail at $500,000. The judge said he had to consider the risk of flight and dangerousness, as well as other factors.

If he is released on bail, Ranep was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to report to the Maui Intake Service Center for supervision and random drug testing.