HONOLULU (AP) – A Hawaii judge sentenced a man to 30 years in prison for manslaughter and assault after his speeding truck killed three people waiting to cross a street and injured four others.
Police say 29-year-old Alins Sumang was drunk and behind the wheel in 2019 when he hit a pedestrian island on Ala Moana Boulevard. Investigators found a half-empty liquor bottle in his vehicle.
Sumang pleaded guilty in March. Travis Lau of Honolulu, Casimir Pokorny of Pennsylvania and Kingdom Ikeda of Japan are the three who lost their lives.
Prosecutors say Sumang may be eligible for parole in less than seven years, but they will ask the parole board to require him to serve the full 30-year sentence. KHON reported.
Sumang read a letter of apology in court on Thursday.
“I know I don’t deserve to ask for this, but forgive me for my actions that day. And if it’s not possible, I know I really regret every minute of that day. Not a day goes by that I wish I could trade places with them and turn back the hands of time, ”Sumang said.
Some of the victims’ families were disappointed with the sentence.
“I think he won’t even stay the full 30 years. So he will come out, still young, still capable, still capable of doing whatever he wants, ”said Melissa Lau, Travis Lau’s widow.
After the sentencing hearing, Melissa Lau said the apology fell short.
“Am I ever going to forgive him? Never. Will I ever feel bad for him? Never. “
Under the plea agreement, Sumang will serve three simultaneous 20-year sentences for involuntary manslaughter for the deaths and four simultaneous five-year sentences for assault. Hawaii News Now reported. The terms of murder and assault will be served consecutively, for a total of 25 years. Another five years were added for Sumang’s probation violation in a 2016 case.
“I think what was also upsetting to hear was that parole could be a possibility in six years and eight months, although we don’t think it’s likely. But that’s like, wow, it’s like a slap in the face, I think, ”said Theresa Paulette, victim services specialist for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
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