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Kakaako man, 65, sentenced to probation in freeway shooting

By Nelson Daranciang

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LAST UPDATED: 12:19 p.m. HST, Oct 17, 2012


A state judge sentenced a 65-year-old Kakaako man to probation this morning for firing two gunshots at another motorist in an apparent road rage incident on the H-1 Freeway in February.

In addition to the five years of probation, Douglas Freeman must pay the other motorist $2,500 restitution for the damage he caused to the other vehicle.

Freeman pleaded guilty in August to carrying a firearm without a permit and to reckless endangering.

He asked Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario this morning to defer his guilty pleas, which would give him the opportunity to avoid conviction and eventually clear the charges from his criminal record.

Del Rosario denied the request.

Freeman had been charged with terroristic threatening in addition to the firearm and reckless endangering charges. However, in a plea deal with the state, the prosecutor dropped the threatening charge and reworded the firearm charge to remove a mandatory five-year prison term requirement.

Freeman admitted carrying a pistol on Feb. 24 for protection on his way to the North Shore to camp. He said another motorist tried to force him off the road and he reacted by firing his pistol.

The bullets hit the rear driver’s side panel of the other vehicle. The 23-year-old driver was unharmed.

Honolulu police were able to track down Freeman through the “BIGILN” vanity license plate on his sport utility vehicle.






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MightyMakiki wrote:
What? More details, please.
on October 17,2012 | 12:29PM
bobbob wrote:
WTH? attempted murder???
on October 17,2012 | 12:31PM
Solfan wrote:
SHOOTING at another driver, and away he saunters.
on October 17,2012 | 12:35PM
allie wrote:
It is not surprise. It happens all the time out here
on October 17,2012 | 03:55PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
That's why certain people like this guy want the second amendment,right to carry, so they can protect themselves against unruly aggressive locals. I can bet you one dollar, the victim was darker skin.
on October 17,2012 | 04:49PM
Masami wrote:
Since he MISSED THE GUY and DIDN'T KILL HIM......its probation and "fix his car". WHAT THE HECK IS HAPPENING??????
on October 17,2012 | 12:38PM
cojef wrote:
Road rage is a serious offense, especially when a firearm is involved, plus it was discharged. In addition property was damaged. If that is not "terrorist threatening"', then something is wrong? What happened to, "do the crime, you serve the time"?
on October 17,2012 | 12:42PM
silvangold wrote:
So lets get this straight. no jail time. 5 years probation. pay 2500 to other driver. good part is no DAG plea. SO WHAT? what does that do (or a gun license/permit) whatever - another piece of paper like the TRO. does the judge believe - really believe - that once out of the courtroom he'll NEVER have road rage again? its like a guy hitting a woman....no such thing as "only one time" .... its in the blood...........hitter - rager - rapist - murderer -whatver.
on October 17,2012 | 12:52PM
DARMP wrote:
The penalties for a DUI are more severe.
on October 17,2012 | 12:59PM
silvangold wrote:
@DARAMP: more severe. and you bring this up why? he's getting probation. not jail. 5 years probation. clarify so I can understand you.
on October 17,2012 | 01:12PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
I think darmp believes the shooting is more severe then a Dui yet this guy got off with a less severe penalty then a DUI.
on October 17,2012 | 04:52PM
MakaniKai wrote:
“Honolulu police were able to track down Freeman through the “BIGILN” vanity license plate on his sport utility vehicle”. Okay, wouldn’t HPD be able to track down no matter regular or vanity? Or is S/A providing a public service – stay away from dis drivah! Either way – help me out; not getting’ his vanity message. Aloha.
on October 17,2012 | 01:01PM
silvangold wrote:
aahaa......could it be "big island" ??????????????
on October 17,2012 | 01:18PM
Psyche wrote:
i took it as short for "Big Illin". LOL
on October 17,2012 | 02:22PM
Waipahunokaoi wrote:
Unbelievable! Only in Hawaii do judges dishonor the law. This should have been attempted murder with a ten year mandatory jail term. Go figure?!
on October 17,2012 | 01:11PM
Morimoto wrote:
Agree with it being a BS sentence, a slap on the wrist but if you believe this kind of stuff only happens in Hawaii you need to get out more. It happens all over the country/world. Lazy incompetent prosecuters coddling criminals again.
on October 17,2012 | 01:55PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Oh wait, Judge Del Rosario can incarcerate a man named FREEMAN. It's against the English language.
on October 17,2012 | 04:53PM
Anonymous wrote:
MakaniKai: aahaa....could it be "big island" ????
on October 17,2012 | 01:18PM
MakaniKai wrote:
That's what I was thinking! Mahalo
on October 17,2012 | 03:49PM
nitpikker wrote:
if it is "big island" its no surprise. its like the wild west over there.
on October 17,2012 | 04:04PM
palolo wrote:
Isn't there a law that you cannot transport a firearm unless its in your car trunk? I believe it also must not be loaded. How come he isn't required to attend a anger management class? Too bad he is the type of personality that has to tell everyone about himself like others who do vanity plates or he might have gotten away (easier to remember a phrase or word than alpha numbers). Seems like he got off pretty good considering he tried to kill someone.
on October 17,2012 | 01:22PM
markat wrote:
I gotta think this guy's intent was to kill the other driver. Lucky for him and the other driver, he missed. It looks like the courts don't care about people's intentions and actions anymore. The only thing that matters is the outcome.
on October 17,2012 | 01:37PM
busterb wrote:
All of you guys are missing the real point here. Look at the size of that monkey! OCCC would go bust if they had to feed that guy.
on October 17,2012 | 01:45PM
Morimoto wrote:
Another absolutely ridiculous sentence. It's basically a slap on the wrist. I mean firing 2 shots at another vehicle and no jail time. Another lazy state prosecuter cutting a deal so that it looks good on his resume. What a joke. I wonder if I do the same thing I'll get the same punishment?
on October 17,2012 | 01:53PM
Big C wrote:
The Judicial system is really SCREWED up. What was the reason for such a lop-sided, totally guilty, case. No wonder there are so many returning criminals on the streets. Commit a crime, get a plea bargain (sale) for an Out of Jail Pass.
on October 17,2012 | 01:54PM
warriorsanddolphins wrote:
this is not even a slap on the wrist. the judge must be a relative of this scumbag.
on October 17,2012 | 01:56PM
silvangold wrote:
What was that judges' name now? too bad we can t vote in judges.................. maybe 98% be gone........and we seat new ones who will think out the circumstances of jes lettin' em go.........next case....Oh... maybe they get paid by # of cases they get rid of per day? IMO.....
on October 17,2012 | 02:20PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Another outrageous sentence handed out by our system. Had he killed someone, he would have been handed a sentence of ten to twenty years. But because he missed he received no time at all. He did not turn himself in and had to be located through his vanity license plate in order for him to be charged. What kind of a message are we putting out? That it is okay to use your gun to resolve issues such as traffic behavior? The judge and prosecutor should be held accountable for this.
on October 17,2012 | 02:22PM
scooters wrote:
The "Prosecutor" made a deal like THIS? This is exactly why we need a new City Prosecutor. Two felony charges and this POS walks. And the judge agreed to this? BS
on October 17,2012 | 02:25PM
prest1948 wrote:
My thought exactly. I was undecided, but now certain that I'll vote for Takata
on October 17,2012 | 04:02PM
buck808 wrote:
just ordered a holster for my motorcycle for a quicker draw. Lol big eye.
on October 17,2012 | 06:59PM
Psyche wrote:
Yes, the shooter was wrong, but at the same time refrain from casting a totally guilty judgement on him for the lack of information regarding the other person involved. If the other driver indeed tried to run him off the road, that in itself could be considered attempted murder with a deadly weapon.
on October 17,2012 | 02:29PM
prest1948 wrote:
I guesstimate that the other driver did not intentionally try to run him off the road. Instead, it was his way to not cast all the blame for this incident on himself. If I shot at folks who've cut me off or changed lanes carelessly, I'd have gone through several boxes of ammo in my 48 years of driving. By the same token, I would have been shot at a number of times also. We all need to harness our temper while driving. Yell all you want, vent all you want with your windows up.
on October 17,2012 | 04:17PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
A car is not a weapon. So if the other driver tried to run him off the road, Freeman must have caught up with him, probably driving reckless himself, to get off 2 hits on a moving vehicle. Wow....he pulls to the left of the victim and hits the window behind the driver.......not the tire, not the trunk, not the hood, but the window to the rear of the victims head!!! This is not attempted Murder,! WTF gives....oh no, it's reckless endangerment??
on October 17,2012 | 05:02PM
Mallory wrote:
who was the prosecutor in this case?
on October 17,2012 | 02:32PM
Grimbold wrote:
Terrible mild sentence, atravesty of justice.. Who is he related to? That subhuman could have killed someone!
on October 17,2012 | 03:40PM
Dorobo wrote:
So an angry man is on the loose as if his last actions were justifiable. No wonder our law enforcement officers are so frustrated with judges like Del Rosario.
on October 17,2012 | 03:41PM
twitter6 wrote:
Double thug action. Compton in paradise.
on October 17,2012 | 03:42PM
mcc wrote:
Another soft judge
on October 17,2012 | 03:48PM
Shirl wrote:
I don't understand the part of "requesting to defer his guilty pleas, which would give him the opportunity to avoid conviction and eventually clear the charges from his criminal record" Does that mean he could've walked away free and clear?
on October 17,2012 | 04:44PM
kalaoa wrote:
As a legal and responsible user of firearms I insist he gets jail time; enough to be a convicted felon. No more guns...or knives, or swords, or scissors for this guy!
on October 17,2012 | 04:47PM
buck808 wrote:
A fork seems to be his favorite tool.
on October 17,2012 | 07:34PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
A crime where a firearm was used. Not only used but a person shot at Twice! Probation???? Why is it when white people use a gun, they get off?? Look at Deedy. He's trying to get off, except he killed an unarmed man!
on October 17,2012 | 04:47PM
buck808 wrote:
Deedy put down a punk. Just saying...
on October 17,2012 | 06:24PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
An unarmed punk. I believe Freeman thought the other driver was a punk. Isn't a punk the one with the gun? Just saying.
on October 17,2012 | 07:46PM
buck808 wrote:
Just saying... You are construing the circumstances. Deedy was AUTHORIZED to carry his weapon. And used it to defend his life. . Freeman was not. Freeman shot in a moment of rage after he was cut off in traffic. Brakes and a horn are the norm for this circumstance.
on October 17,2012 | 08:10PM
ski3779 wrote:
Hey, people, this judge just made it legal to shoot at cars, as long as the bullet does not hit a human being. Anyone ready to take target practice on vehicles on the H1, H2, or H3. Do Not be scared. You will not be sent to prison, for this, cause of this judge's ruling.
on October 17,2012 | 05:16PM
roadsterred wrote:
This is just a "slap on the wrist" and you have got to be kidding? Five years probation and $2,500 restitution is a joke! Carrying and using a firearm while driving a vehicle should be a felony. This incident is being treated as a misdemeanor. Unless you're authorized to carry a loaded firearm, you should never have a loaded firearm in your vehicle. This person "got off" easy.
on October 17,2012 | 05:35PM
sixthsense wrote:
Probation?? Is that because he missed the driver and shot the car?! This road rage monster is still on the road? Surely, his gun was taken away, but what's to stop him from using some other sort of weapon, next time?!
on October 17,2012 | 05:45PM
moochiemu wrote:
Outrageous and ridiculous! Who the heck did this guy (or his attorney) pay off? I wonder if the sentence would have been the same if the 23 year old had been doing the shooting? Maybe the judge was afraid this guy wouldn't survive a jail sentence in a local jail?
on October 17,2012 | 06:13PM
buck808 wrote:
That fat f u k needs to go to jail. Del Rosario should be investigated.
on October 17,2012 | 06:15PM
buck808 wrote:
This is an example of Peter Carlisle's legacy of hiring weak lawyers as prosecutors and crappy police work.
on October 17,2012 | 06:29PM
HOSSANA wrote:
This is justice at its worse!!!!! How can he get away with only probation. This is absurb!!! Geezus, he's carrying a gun and shooting at another motorist on the freeway and he gets away with it!!!!!
on October 17,2012 | 06:44PM
buck808 wrote:
Freeman is a FREE MAN
on October 17,2012 | 07:36PM
buck808 wrote:
Brakes were my defense for aggressive drivers. Now i have a new tool, a glock. Thank you dextor ....
on October 17,2012 | 07:43PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Awesome!!! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO...I love it! I love Hawaii's travesty of jurisprudence!!! INCOMPETENTCY at its BEST. YAHOOOOOOO LUCK YOU LIVE HAWAII....YAH? YAH? YAH?GIGGLE GIGGLE GIGGLE!!! ATTEMPTED MURDER= 5yrs probation. DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM= 5yrs probation PUBLIC ENDANGERMENT= 5yrs probation MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE= Probation and a free plate lunch
on October 17,2012 | 08:45PM
tiki886 wrote:
Obviously we don't know the details of the whole story. Hawaii has very strict gun laws. A deal for Freeman by the prosecution to plead guilty means that if the case went to trial, there would be a good chance that Freeman would not be convicted by a jury. Perhaps the gun could not be found? The type and calibre of the "gun" was also never disclosed. It could have been a paint ball gun, a BB gun, a pellet gun or even a toy gun. The extent of the damage was never disclosed. Because of the sparse facts in this article we are left to jump to conclusions.
on October 17,2012 | 09:30PM
IAmSane wrote:
Are you f**king illiterate?

From the article:

"firing two gunshots," "carrying a firearm without a permit," "in addition to the firearm and reckless endangering charges," "Freeman admitted carrying a pistol on Feb. 24," "he reacted by firing his pistol."

It was a gun.
on October 17,2012 | 10:57PM
tiki886 wrote:
I know how to F**king read. It's you that is the ignorant SOB who can't come to grips why an obvious miscarriage of justice can have such an outcome.

Why don't you re-read my post for comprehension this time?


on October 18,2012 | 11:11AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Help me understand...this fellow FIRES TWO SHOTS at a stranger and is given probation...and that homeless fellow on Maui, the one who cornered the guy, sat on him, and stabbed him with scissors (scissors?) is being held on bail that's in excess of half a million dollars. Something doesn't match...
on October 17,2012 | 10:33PM
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