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Puppy mill manager gets six months, not ordered to pay Humane Society

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 11:23 a.m. HST, Dec 19, 2012


A state judge sentenced the former manager of a Waimanalo dog breeding facility to six months in jail this morning for 153 counts of animal cruelty.

With credit for the time he has already spent in custody since his arrest in June, David Lee Becker, 55, will be released from custody as soon as state prison officials receive the judgement and verify that Becker has already served the six months and has no other cases pending.

Circuit Judge Glenn Kim refused the state’s request to order Becker to repay the Hawaiian Humane Society the $370,701 it spent to care for the 153 dogs it rescued from squalid conditions in February 2010 because he said the Humane Society is not a direct victim of the animal cruelty.






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JPC wrote:
Another landmark for justice in Hawaii's court system! This is democracy.
on December 19,2012 | 10:07AM
fiveo wrote:
The Judge could have ordered restitution but given the amount, this guy would never pay it anyway. Also you should know that under Hawaii law, those convicted and ordered to pay restitution can only be made to pay what they can afford. This is because of a Hawaii supreme court decision (Hiratoshi Yamamoto vs State of HI) maybe 14 or 15 years ago. For those of you who can recall, Hiratoshi Yamamoto was the owner of Manoa Finance who was convicted of defrauding thousands of depositors in which the state claimed was a ponzi scheme. Yamamoto was placed on probation and ordered to pay restitution but repaid only a small token of what he had been ordered to pay in restitution. by the end of his probation term. The state subsequently moved to revoke his probation and the court resentenced him to another probation term and continued restitution. Yamamoto appealed his case to the Hawaii supreme court and won. The court found that Yamamoto had paid restitution in an amount he could afford therefore had not violated the court order and therefore could not have his probation revoked and be sentenced again to another probation term. This was and is a landmark case regarding restitution ordered paid by the court here in Hawaii and in comparison to other states , very liberal and clearly benefits criminal defendants in this state. So if you are ever a victim, you can forget about getting any restitution that is ordered paid by the defendant. By the way, the restitution owed was actually owed to the state of Hawaii, as it had been the state legislature who had bailed out the investors to Manoa Finance by covering their losses. And the guy who lead the charge to have the legislature bail out the investors to Manoa Finance was Neil Abercrombie, then a state senator.
on December 19,2012 | 10:28AM
eastside808 wrote:
If he was not required to pay restitution than he should have been ordered to provide not less than 12 hrs per week of his services to the Humane Society for a period of 5 years or if he moved out of the State, to pay 10% of his pay for a period of 10 years.to the State of Hawaii.
on December 19,2012 | 10:40AM
Anonymous wrote:
agreed
on December 19,2012 | 02:36PM
aomohoa wrote:
Good idea!
on December 19,2012 | 08:12PM
nlromer wrote:
Only in Hawaii!
on December 19,2012 | 10:53AM
808comp wrote:
No wonder we have people that are repeat offenders here. I hope this judge don't have any animals.
on December 19,2012 | 11:24AM
LAK wrote:
I have to agree. Thre are so many repeat offenders. This guy should have served much longer and ordered to pay back the Humane Society.
on December 19,2012 | 01:17PM
Sunny wrote:
Ridiculous!
on December 19,2012 | 12:28PM
Leinanij wrote:
Mahalo Linda Lingle for appointing such a poor judge as Glenn Kim.
on December 19,2012 | 01:28PM
nitpikker wrote:
HA! i bet the other grumblers thought it was a democrat judge!!
on December 19,2012 | 03:59PM
hanaboy wrote:
This is total B.S.!
on December 19,2012 | 01:49PM
alohacharlie wrote:
Lets see: 6 months = 180 days ( /-) his sentence (already served). His charges: 153 counts of animal cruelty. So that equals about 1.17 days per count. REMARKABLE! Only from a judge that must not like dogs.
on December 19,2012 | 02:09PM
bluemountain wrote:
What ever happened to the owners of the company? Aren't they a family with a great amount of assets?
on December 19,2012 | 02:19PM
turbolink wrote:
Everyone please remember that the Aloha Pet Shop at Pearl Kai Shopping Center which advertises "adorable puppies" each day in this paper, is part of the same family organization that operated this puppy mill. Please read the online reviews to understand that their deplorable low levels of humane treatment have not changed.
on December 19,2012 | 02:48PM
deucedeuce223 wrote:
"the Humane Society is not a direct victim of the animal cruelty", What is up with this judge. I broke a newstand and had to pay the state $150.00 luckily with no jail time. (was a misdemeanor) Those puppies could not call police or humane society to report that they were being abused, so the judge views this as " no real crime committed since they cannot speak for themselves"??? I really hope Karma follows this guy for the rest of his life and pays him back 10-fold or maybe someone finds this guy in a dark alley and treats him to the same "care" he gave the puppies. Our court systems s*ck!! These are the types of court cases that make me sick to my stomach and definately makes me lose faith with the system. Judges, cops, lawyers, some polititians, etc only do whats in their own best interests! Put them all alfoat on the tsunami debri in the middle of the ocean and let them live out their lives. WHAT A JOKE IT IS TO LIVE IN OUR BEAUTIFUL STATE WITH THIS KIND OF GOVERNMENT!!!!
on December 19,2012 | 05:02PM
soundofreason wrote:
"Circuit Judge Glenn Kim refused the state’s request to order Becker to repay the Hawaiian Humane Society the $370,701 it spent to care for the 153 dogs it rescued from squalid conditions in February 2010 because he said the Humane Society is not a direct victim of the animal cruelty.">>> TAXPAYERS were the victim then. It is OUR tax money that helps fund the humane society AND his the cost of prosecuting this case. WE were the victims. WE want our money BACK!!
on December 19,2012 | 06:47PM
aomohoa wrote:
I'm sure this monster will be laughing about how he got off o easy. There is no justice.
on December 19,2012 | 08:16PM
localguy wrote:
Sad to say Circuit Judge Glenn Kim just doesn't get it. Had the Humane Society not stepped in, the majority of dogs would have died. Glenn's failure to assign responsibility is another reason tourists come to see the Nei/ living example of South Park, the totally dysfunctional city. Glenn could have worked this better, he failed. This is justice in the Nei, NOT!!!!
on December 19,2012 | 11:13PM
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