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Man sentenced for killing woman in Nanakuli drive-through

By Nelson Daranciang

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LAST UPDATED: 01:39 p.m. HST, Apr 30, 2012


A state judge sentenced a man to 10 years in prison this morning for running over and killing a 20-year-old woman in the drive-through lane of a McDonald's restaurant in Nanakuli two years ago

The judge also ordered Albert Birmingham to serve at least three years and four months behind bars before he is eligible for parole because he has a prior felony conviction. The Hawaii Paroling Authority can set a higher minimum.

Birmingham, 38, was facing a mandatory 20-year prison term for manslaughter for killing Raelynn "Aloha" Adams Jan. 31, 2010 at the Nanakuli McDonald's. He pleaded guilty to first-degree negligent homicide in February in a plea deal with the prosecutor.

Birmingham also pleaded guilty to fleeing the scene of a fatal traffic accident, operating a vehicle while consuming or possessing alcohol and driving after his license had been revoked for drunken driving. He has twice been convicted of drunken driving.

Police had said Birmingham was honking his horn at the car ahead of him in the drive-thru lane when the driver of the car, a 45-year-old Mililani man, confronted him. When Adams and a teenage girl, who were passengers in the front car, intervened, Birmingham drove his vehicle forward, running over Adams and striking the girl.

Birmingham drove off, but police found him nearby, lying inside his parked vehicle. The prosecutor said Birmingham's blood-alcohol content was 0.132. The legal threshold for drunken driving is 0.08.







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Waipahunokaoi wrote:
So he only has to serve 3 yrs and 4 months behind bars??!! It just screams WTF?, don't it?
on April 30,2012 | 11:16AM
bubbaButt wrote:
Only because he is white... Locals can commit the heinous of crimes and get away SCOTT FREE!!! Presecutors are not doing their jobs... Peter (Carlise), we need you back as prosecutor!
on April 30,2012 | 06:16PM
Notawannabe wrote:
Now that the shoe is on the other foot how does it feel?
on April 30,2012 | 08:26PM
bpbp wrote:
the author of this article needs to be more clear in writing. it is very confusing. this should have been edited.
on April 30,2012 | 11:36AM
aolani wrote:
totally
on April 30,2012 | 12:05PM
Mallory wrote:
Did I read that right? he had two prior drunk driving convictions, driving with with a revoked license and driving while intoxicated and intentionally killing someone and he only gets 3 year fours months before he is eligible for probation? Wow, the Prosecutors office really is going soft on criminals. First, Thomas Kamaka Jr., gets no jail time for raping a girl under 14 y.o. and beating up her brother under a plea deal with Prosecutor and now this guys gets less than four years before he can get parole. Crazy
on April 30,2012 | 11:40AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
This one's on the judge. The Prosecutor's office got the guilty conviction. The judge could have given him the mandatory 20 year term but opted for the 10 year with 3 year minimum. I wonder if our soft paroling board will up his minimum to say, 19 years, 355 days.
on April 30,2012 | 12:57PM
aolani wrote:
Ten years, that's all???? Sad judicial system
on April 30,2012 | 12:05PM
aolani wrote:
With all mentioned that he did and the violence of the crime and past crimes, this sentence is pitiful at best. Our laws need to be changed, justice short-changed the victim!!!
on April 30,2012 | 12:07PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Unreal!
on April 30,2012 | 12:31PM
hihitek wrote:
Justice reinvented. State won't send 'em to a mainland jail and the state prisons are full. But that's OK he will be diverted to a halfway house in your neighborhood soon.
on April 30,2012 | 12:45PM
ISAY wrote:
My goodness this is not justice for the girl's family. Again, another example of our sorry system here. Such BS. Guys do more time than that in some cases for far less serious crimes. Maybe he knows someone pulling strings for him? Ten years really goes by very fast in the long run.
on April 30,2012 | 01:09PM
Akhmed_PKC wrote:
i remember this. i drove by the scene on my way to surf. was shocked when i later read what had happened that morning. can't believe how weak the sentence was, but as i work for one of our fine justice systems, i see it everyday, crumbs like this with no basic human decency getting such light sentences.
on April 30,2012 | 01:27PM
Hahaione2000 wrote:
wow, no kidding?!
on April 30,2012 | 01:58PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Three years for a repeat offender deliberate killer. Hawaii judges: the joke of the nation. People if someone does your family harm your best bet is to settle things yourself. Expect no justice from Hawaii judges.
on April 30,2012 | 02:05PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Liberal politicians, begets liberal laws. Vote them out. Bring back the death penalty. For those who argue that it's not a deterrent, I say, that's not the purpose. The purpose of the death penalty is to guarantee that scums don't hurt anyone else. For those of you who argue about the cost of the death penalty, I say, change the appeals laws. I can see the numerous appeals if there is a question of guilt, but for those that are clearly guilty...give'em the cocktail.
on April 30,2012 | 03:26PM
huwenfut wrote:
Run some one over and get 10 years max. (out in 3) Try get caught with couple weed plants and you get 20 easy. What's wrong with this picture?
on April 30,2012 | 03:35PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
!!?? Ronald Rewald spent more time behind bars for investment fraud than this guy ever will. !!??
on April 30,2012 | 05:07PM
bubbaButt wrote:
Wow, now thats a name from the past! That was small kid time for me!
on April 30,2012 | 06:18PM
LAX2HNL wrote:
why is the judge not identified? who was it? agree with all the posters that this sentence for a repeat felony offender is just crazy. what would a defendant with a clean record have gotten, parole? what's going on here?
on April 30,2012 | 06:45PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Hawaii Better Be Real Careful, the Hawaii Judicial System's F...ing Total Incompetence is going to Spawn Vigilantes BIG TIME. Not only to Exact the Justice on the Guilty Perpetrators, but also on the Justice System, if you want to call it that.
on April 30,2012 | 07:42PM
Notawannabe wrote:
Shades of Treyvon Martin.
on April 30,2012 | 08:27PM
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