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Father sentenced in Hilo in son's 2003 death

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 06:25 a.m. HST, Feb 10, 2013



HILO >> A man who admitted to shaking his 2-month-old son, resulting in the infant's death a decade ago, has been sentenced in Hilo to a year in jail.

A judge also sentenced Gilbert G. Dancel Jr. on Friday to five years' probation for the death of Kaikela Medieros-Dancel, who lived in Kahuku, in March 2003.

Dancel said at his sentencing he felt "horrible" for what he did. The child's mother said at the sentencing hearing that Dancel deserved time behind bars.

Dancel pleaded guilty last month to second-degree assault. The charge was a reduced offense from a grand jury indictment charging him with manslaughter.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kauanoe Jackson tells West Hawaii Today (http://bit.ly/YO7GU4 ) prosecutors agreed to the plea deal because of a "high probability" the case could be dismissed.






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kailua000 wrote:
Im gonna run over that SOB who hit my car, Ill feel horrible then wait around 10 years to be sentenced to 1 year in jail for murder. Sounds good to me!!!
on February 10,2013 | 06:31AM
soundofreason wrote:
Thank a judge. A Hawaii judge. A Hawaii "appointed" judge. ELECTED judges don't get away with doing this........for long.
on February 10,2013 | 10:26AM
808Cindy wrote:
This does not feel like the correct punisment for Dancel Jr. many years in prison would be !! This judge needs to be watched, he is not in the best interest of the community!
on February 11,2013 | 07:00AM
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