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Maili man sentenced in death of HPD officer

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:28 a.m. HST, Jan 23, 2014

A state judge sentenced a 22-year-old Maili man to one year in jail Wednesday morning for running over and killing a Honolulu police officer at a traffic stop near Ko Olina more than two years ago.

One year is the maximum jail term for third-degree negligent homicide.

A jury returned guilty verdicts against James Dorsey last October of misdemeanor negligent homicide for causing the Sept. 13, 2011 death officer Eric Fontes's death and felony negligent injury for injuring officer Herman "Sam" Scanlan in the same incident.

Circuit Judge Glenn Kim threw out the negligent injury verdict because he said it conflicted with the negligent homicide verdict. 

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
How were the two verdicts conflicting? One plus one equals two. Or one year for the misdemeanor and whatever for the felony, add them up, and we get a sentence of more than one year, I would think.
on January 22,2014 | 11:55AM
makiki123 wrote:
What a travesty. One officer killed and another injured and the responsible party gets ONE YEAR? What a travesty! I still say him saying he fell asleep at the wheel is a bunch of crock. He drove while being distracted.
on January 22,2014 | 12:24PM
kispest wrote:
One year? It's a joke!
on January 22,2014 | 12:25PM
hanoz808 wrote:
is this a ridiculous joke or what? no justice for the ones that protect us?
on January 22,2014 | 12:26PM
inverse wrote:
Just like the teach about defensive driving and assume every other driver is crazy, HPD officers who on the open road to direct traffic should assume every car does not see them or like a surfer ready out in big N shore surf always keep an eye on the horizon for constantly different waves coming at them. Also maybe at such traffic situation that require HPD officers to stand in the middle of an open road, require a parked HPD motorcycle with a red lights flashing at oncoming cars and that way if someone is drunk or not paying attention they would hit the parked motorcycle first and give the officer a chance to get out of the way. Another HPD officer was killed in their vehicle stopped on the freeway in the fast lane to park behind a stalled car and a car hit him from behind and died I think from being burned to death. Another safety procedure to help avoid this type of death is to use red flashing lights toward oncoming cars and immediately get out of their vehicle and stand away from the vehicle. If HPD clamps down on following strict safety procedures when officer have to stop on a highway or freeway to render aid, would greatly reduce these type of death. Use their vehicle either car or motorcycle as the initial barrier a driver must hit first before actually hitting an officer standing a distance from that vehicle.
on January 22,2014 | 01:04PM
manapua19 wrote:
If people arent paying attention and dont see bright blue and yellow flashing lights, what difference would flashing red lights make? And as far as the other officer who was killed, he did get out of the vehicle, talked to the driver, then got back in to call for help when his car was hit. No safety procedures are other than people following the speed limit and paying attention while driving should be needed.
on January 22,2014 | 02:07PM
inverse wrote:
HPD officers have to physically get back into their vehicle to communicate? Don't they have some kind of wireless, even Bluetooth type of communicators to communicate without having to go back to their car? What if they were shot or pinned down and cannot get back to their vehicle? The technology is there but HPD is to dependent on overpriced obsolete communication technology. No surprise as the city will rely on an absolute overpriced rail technology. I checked online and Scala motorcycle Bluetooth wireless headsets have a range of 1640 feet so there must be cops in another state or country who are using wireless devices to communicate that don't rely on the officer to be a slave to his vehicle that can also be a death trap on the open highway
on January 22,2014 | 06:57PM
inverse wrote:
correction: absolute->obsolete
You didn't take Psych 101 in college or similar type of course. The color of a flashing light makes a big difference. People in the US are more conditioned to stop at a red light while yellow is more associated with caution and blue does not mean much, even some car headlights are bluish tint. The most effective color to get people to brake is the flashing red light, same color as brake lights on all cars flash RED.
on January 22,2014 | 07:12PM
Solara wrote:
Really? 1 year for taking the life of another person? Just 1?!
on January 22,2014 | 01:14PM
aomohoa wrote:
What kind of law results in one year in prison for taking a life?I hope this guy feels guilty for his whole life.
on January 22,2014 | 02:35PM
samidunn wrote:
No justice here.
on January 22,2014 | 02:48PM
Pinao wrote:
I don't see any justice at all! Officer killed and the killer gets one year! REALLY JUDGE KIM???
on January 22,2014 | 04:00PM
cojef wrote:
on January 23,2014 | 10:22AM
BRock wrote:
All these ignorant people do not understand that the man was convicted of a misdemeanor and the maximum penalty is one year in prison.
on January 22,2014 | 05:50PM
soundofreason wrote:
Then he should not have been charged as a misdemeanor. And since the judges aren't elected here, they really don't have to answer to anyone now do they? Good system.
on January 22,2014 | 05:59PM
skinut wrote:
More ignorance. The judges do not decide what the charges are. Also ignorant are all the comments made by people who did not sit on the jury and hear all the evidence.
on January 22,2014 | 09:45PM
RichardCory wrote:
He wasn't charged with a misdemeanor. He was charged with a felony and a misdemeanor. This was all in the papers less than 6 months ago. If you people actually knew how to read, you'd figure it all out.
on January 23,2014 | 04:29AM
scooters wrote:
This is why we need to be "electing " our judges. If they're to WEAK..get rid of them. This is a disgrace..Period
on January 22,2014 | 07:00PM
50skane wrote:
Hopefully he will serve the entire 365 days without parole.
on January 22,2014 | 07:09PM
RandolphW wrote:
I suppose we can thank the city prosecutors for this victory. The taxpayers will have been well served if there is no request for a mistrial or appeal, as so often happens in Honolulu.
on January 22,2014 | 09:10PM
mutsrus wrote:
I don't believe he was charged with a misdemeanor. The Jury found him guilt of a misdemeanor thereby tying the Judges hands at sentencing. One year is the maximum sentence for a misdemeanor.
on January 22,2014 | 10:05PM
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