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Former prison guard pleads guilty to lesser charge in shooting case

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:10 p.m. HST, Sep 20, 2013

HILO » The trial of a 73-year-old Big Island man on an attempted murder charge ended after he agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges.

Joseph Amormino Sr., pleaded guilty Thursday to felony assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and two counts of terroristic threatening. Prosecutors agreed to seek a maximum sentence of 25 years.

Amormino is a retired Hawaii Community Correctional Center guard.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports he shot a 57-year-old June Shirshac four times on Mother's Day 2012 after she had broken off her relationship with him. The shooting was preceded by a road rage incident in which Amormino used a gun to threaten three people.

Shirshac was shot in both legs, her hand and her shoulder.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 21.

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mutsrus wrote:
Looks like a sweet deal. No change in Hilo Prosecution tactics.
on September 20,2013 | 08:03AM
joseph007 wrote:
what deals these prosecutors make..... this is why our "justice system" is so corrupt and victims are punched to the ground.
on September 20,2013 | 08:44AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
He should lose his retirement benefits. If not, the state should really look into legislating new laws that would take away retirement benefits to those who worked for the state or city and county that are convicted of a felony crime.
on September 20,2013 | 12:30PM
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