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Drunk driver gets 20 years in fatal crash at Makaha bus stop

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:57 p.m. HST, Dec 05, 2012

The drunk driver who plowed into a bus stop shelter, killing a 3-year-old boy and injuring four of the boy’s family members, was sentenced in state court this morning to 20 years in prison for negligent homicide and fleeing the scene of a crash.

Potasi S. Uta, Jr., 44, agreed to the terms when he pleaded guilty in September. He will begin serving the sentence after he completes the remaining time he has left on a 10-year term for a 2004 burglary conviction.

Ashton Brown died in the March 28 crash at a Makaha bus stop. Brown’s mother, two older sisters and an older brother suffered leg fractures and other injuries.

Uta’s blood alcohol content 3 1/2 hours after the crash was 0.16, twice the legal threshold for drunk driving.

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allie wrote:
ummm..what about 20 years for each member of that family killed. Once again. lax sentencing hurts Hawaii. This guy will be out on the street again soon enough.
on December 5,2012 | 09:23AM
busterb wrote:
Do you know how to read? 1 kid died. SO he did get 20 per person... once again lax edumacation hurts Hawaii.
on December 5,2012 | 09:37AM
Dizzle wrote:
Nailed it.......
on December 5,2012 | 09:44AM
Kaimiloa wrote:
You can blame this one on allie's home state of South Dakota.
on December 5,2012 | 10:38AM
ponowai wrote:
That's why allie puts down teachers. Even with her self claimed high IQ, she can't read!! She'll probably blame her iphone.
on December 5,2012 | 12:19PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
I do believe Miss Allie is from NORTH Dakota, Kaimi. Why is everyone here always so down on this girl? Anyone? Anyone? Bue-ller? Bue-ller?
on December 5,2012 | 01:27PM
waverider808 wrote:
if you have been reading the paper's blog for years and i think from 2008, allie has been very opinionated and critical of everything in our state. from teachters to sports. she never has anything nice to say about anything. she or he is just a troll that should go back under the bridge. she claimed to be a preferred walk on for the wahines but yet no one has ever heard about her. she is just a legend in her own mind. she claims to be a uhm student but hasn't graduated in the last six years. go figure.....
on December 5,2012 | 02:24PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
wave, you are absolutely correct. Positive comments are rare from allie. She revels in putting down teachers, legislators, judges and the locals from Hawaii. She must live a very sad life, to live in a place much more beautiful and progressive than her poverty-stricken North Dakota, but not be able to give thanks or appreciate her surroundings. How very sad, especially for a supposedly young coed taking advantage of being educated in a land she despises.
on December 5,2012 | 05:18PM
ponowai wrote:
And it's not that we like being mean to her, we're just tired of her putting down people and Hawaii. She stereotypes people after hearing of a few bad apples. Starting to wonder if Allie has psychological problems. If she would ease up on the negative comments, I'm sure people will be nicer to her.
on December 5,2012 | 06:39PM
allie wrote:
it said other family members were badly injured
on December 5,2012 | 12:24PM
aomohoa wrote:
No you didn't:) You need to proof read your comments.
on December 5,2012 | 05:45PM
BRock wrote:
Did you not read, "maximum sentence given" in the article? Why are then asking why not more? Perhaps you do not comprehend what you read in the newspaper.
on December 5,2012 | 10:04AM
Grimbold wrote:
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on December 5,2012 | 10:57AM
serious wrote:
Grimbold, I agree with you. From what I read, it costs us taxpayers upwards of $40K a year to keep these guys in prison--how about a treadmill that creates electricity and get that onto the grid so they can pay their dues???? Never happen, the days of Cool Hand Luke are gone---sure liked Newman!! Man's man!!! Remember he got caught cutting off the meters on the parking slots!!! I live on Hobron Lane and the cops go here for breakfast and lunch and snacks and never put a coin in the machines and park in the no parking areas--is this a great country or not???
on December 5,2012 | 01:03PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Atl east the guy plead guilty.
on December 5,2012 | 10:11AM
serious wrote:
Yes, it saved taxpayer court costs. Interesting that happened in March and he's going to jail--if you shoot someone in McDonald's it takes how many months. years?
on December 5,2012 | 11:53AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Should change the law to extend sentences for driver's to leave the scene and are convicted.
on December 5,2012 | 10:13AM
Morimoto wrote:
20 years is better than what they usually get, a slap on the wrist. Still not enough though. I wish others convicted of this type of crime also be sentenced like he was. Judges are you paying attention?
on December 5,2012 | 12:53PM
BigOpu wrote:
Wow...what a suprise! A long sentance...finally.
on December 5,2012 | 01:36PM
soundofreason wrote:
SERVING it is a different issue. Keep in my he had not yet finished his FIRST sentence before he was unleashed upon us.......again.
on December 5,2012 | 06:39PM
ireadalot wrote:
hope he's not eligible for any parole release. any info on that?
on December 5,2012 | 01:47PM
soundofreason wrote:
Of course he is. It's "Hawaii"
on December 5,2012 | 06:39PM
waverider808 wrote:
i honestly think that our state should adopt a one year mandatory sentence with a minimum of 9 months behind bars for 1st time convictions. 2 times or more should serve at least 10 years. prison overcrowding? let them sleep 10 to a cell like a some foreign prisons....maybe that might sink in...
on December 5,2012 | 02:29PM
aomohoa wrote:
Another loser that just got out of jail before this happened. He should have got life. In and out of jail just long enough to produce another off spring to burden society over and over again!
on December 5,2012 | 05:41PM
aomohoa wrote:
Because she always puts down the people of Hawaii and is condescending.I could go on and on. Does that explain ti for you?
on December 5,2012 | 05:47PM
aomohoa wrote:
This comment went in the wrong place. It was addressed to the person that wondered why people don't like allie.
on December 5,2012 | 06:10PM
soundofreason wrote:
".............. after he completes the remaining time he has left on a 10-year term for a 2004 burglary conviction.">>> So, whose the parole board members who let this guy loose on society prematurely? Just look for those who have blood on their hands.
on December 5,2012 | 06:36PM
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