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Man pleads guilty to negligent homicide in drive-thru death

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:46 a.m. HST, Feb 22, 2012

A habitual drunk driver charged with manslaughter for running over a 20-year-old woman in the drive-thru lane of the Nanakuli McDonald's Restaurant two years ago pleaded guilty in state court this morning to a reduced charge of first-degree negligent homicide.

Albert Birmingham, 38, of Punchbowl, also pleaded guilty to fleeing the scene of a fatal accident, consuming or possessing alcohol while operating a vehicle and driving after his license had been revoked for DUI. He had at least two prior DUI arrests. 

Under the terms of his plea agreement with the prosecutor, Birmingham faces a prison term of no more than 10 years when he is sentenced in April.

Birmingham ran over Raelynn Adams Jan. 31, 2010, during an argument in the drive-thru lane. When police arrested him in his parked sport utility vehicle nearby, the prosecutor said Birmingham's blood alcohol content was 0.132. The legal threshold for drunk driving is 0.08 BAC.

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jusmetwocents wrote:
But he's such a nice boy... He was never in any trouble before!
on February 22,2012 | 09:51AM
Compassionate_Cat wrote:
Only ten years! That woman could have lived another 50 years, isn't her life worth anything? What kind of message is this sending that you can be so careless about a life. He will be under 50 when he gets out and certainly able to go out and drink and drive again. He should have had a mandatory 20 years. That would have shaken the drunkards who like to "party" all over the road instead of sitting on the couch at home.
on February 22,2012 | 10:27AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Must have been judge Ahn. Between her and our worthless prosecutors office, we're being overrun by criminals. It's pathetic
on February 22,2012 | 03:49PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Another plea agreement!!! He's only getting 10 years because of it. What's up with that?? This guy should have gotten life. Now he'll be out in less than 10 years to get drunk and run someone else over. Our system of justice SUCKS!!!
on February 22,2012 | 10:34AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Remember the prosecutor's office.
on February 22,2012 | 03:49PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Hey, it cost big money to keep people in jail....more better to let them out after awhile and get them paying taxes again (wishful thinking ya?).
on February 22,2012 | 04:16PM
Sunny wrote:
Prior and current DUI convictions should be considered and more time should be spent in jail since he did not learn anything. The system is way too lenient!
on February 22,2012 | 11:28AM
aolani wrote:
maybe we should get a new prosecutor and lenient legislatures in office
on February 22,2012 | 01:43PM
Vivgie wrote:
Drunkeness is such a convenient excuse for crime and even murder. Courts seem to take pity on such addicts. You can run over a cop on the Pali, drive 5 miles, park, and go to sleep. No problemo, brah. You couldn't help yourself. The judge considered not only that Al was drunk but also that the female was just asking for a beef and, to her own surprise, got it. At's what you get for hogging the exit ya dumbo country kids. The girl had an attitude which is understandable if you're cute and invincible. So accept the facts. This could have been avoided if the argumentative attitudes had not prevailed. Next time you like act selfish, be prepared to be beaten up and/or die. This makes for interesting news like I'm reading now.
on February 22,2012 | 11:45AM
JnS wrote:
Don't know if anyone else has noticed, but since our new Prosecutor has taken over, it seems like they plea out ever case, especially serious ones like this. Do we have any trial lawyers in the office?
on February 22,2012 | 12:04PM
aolani wrote:
You're right, I notice the same thing.
on February 22,2012 | 01:42PM
Peacenik wrote:
How many of us gets frustrated waiting behind customer in the drive-thru or supermarket checkouts, counting their pennies or debating with the clerk if an item on sale or not. That what it seem how it started, not excusing his running over the girl or make light of her tragedy.
on February 22,2012 | 12:48PM
aolani wrote:
That is no reason to kill a person or try to.
on February 22,2012 | 01:41PM
aolani wrote:
That man should suffer for the rest of his life, this was a heinous crime. In this case the law was very unfair! Every time I drive past the Nanakuli McDonald's, I think of what took place and the person who lost her life to a crazy nut and I never even knew her. She needs a more fair justice.
on February 22,2012 | 01:41PM
ikea wrote:
Typical Hawaii Justice
on February 22,2012 | 01:45PM
aolani wrote:
i said "aolani wrote: maybe we should get a new prosecutor and lenient legislatures in officeon February 22,2012 | 02:14PM". [I meant to say get rid of legislatures]
on February 22,2012 | 01:45PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Not acceptable. There is NOTHING negligent about driving drunk and killing someone. Simple as that.
on February 22,2012 | 02:24PM
soundofreason wrote:
Exactly. CHOSE to drink......CHOSE to drive
on February 22,2012 | 06:14PM
saveparadise wrote:
Why is alchohol still legal? I don't remember ever reading anything good that comes from drinking. You total your car and/or injure yourself and others, get into fights to the death, beat up your spouse, get knocked up and get pregnant, lose your job, etc, etc, etc.. Only the big companies that manufacture and promote it profit.
on February 22,2012 | 02:34PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Hey, don't knock the big booze business............everyone's got their hand in the cookie jar......from the farmers who grow the grain to the booze makers to the stores that sell it to the governments that tax it................prohibition didn't work in the 20th century so it's not gonna work in the 21st...................just stay off the roads when the drunks are driving............the life you save will be your own....................drive fast and die young.
on February 22,2012 | 04:21PM
MANDA wrote:
No more than ten years. Life is worth so little here.
on February 22,2012 | 03:13PM
peanutgallery wrote:
Must have been judge Ahn.,
on February 22,2012 | 03:47PM
soundofreason wrote:
It was. AGAIN!!!!!
on February 22,2012 | 06:23PM
soundofreason wrote:
Probably why the SA AVOIDED put the judges name in th article. Probably at the judge's request - KNEW there would be outrage at this !
on February 22,2012 | 06:26PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
Too bad this guy didn't commit an act of fraud... that's when the book really gets thrown at you. Just ask Ronald Rewald.
on February 22,2012 | 04:29PM
Bermany wrote:
Another case of lazy prosecutors. Our elected officials, which we have vote into office, and put our trust in, to do the right thing, have again taken the easy road and plea bargained. Tell me our Prosecutors are too busy for this case too. It seams as though every case that has made the news lately has ended in a Plea bargain. Wake -up Hawaii !
on February 22,2012 | 05:04PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Shoulda got at least 20 yrs,
on February 22,2012 | 09:35PM
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