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Drunken driver sentenced for fatal crash on Nimitz

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:28 a.m. HST, Mar 19, 2014

A 40-year-old moving company employee, who killed one person and injured two others in a head-on collision while driving drunk two years ago, was sentenced to 10 years in jail for negligent homicide.

On Dec. 31, Jones Ilon pleaded no contest to negligent homicide and to charges that he caused the injuries suffered by the occupants in the other vehicle.

Circuit Judge Glenn Kim sentenced Ilon on Wednesday to the maximum 10-year prison term for negligent homicide and five-year terms for each of the two negligent-injury charges. The three terms will run concurrently.

Within the next six months the Hawaii Paroling Authority will set Ilon's minimum sentence.

Kim rejected a motion by defense attorney Victor Bakke for deferred acceptance of no contest pleas and a reduced sentence of 18 months in jail and parole because he believed the case is one of negligence and not manslaughter.

But Bakke said Ilon drove because his friend, Billy Lucas, 28, was too intoxicated to drive. Lucas's blood alcohol content was 0.24 during the early morning hours of March 18, 2012.

The two were going to work at Island Movers when Ilon caused a head-on collision on Nimitz Highway at Sand Island Access Road and rammed into a sports utility van holding Caroline and Felimon Batacan Jr., who were also driving to work.

Ilon suffered a broken leg. His blood alcohol content was 0.15, nearly double the legal limit for drunken driving.

Ilon apologized in a short statement to the court.

Deputy Prosecutor Attorney Kristine Yoo said as a result of the accident, the Batacans are not able to work, owe back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, and "pawned the last of their jewelry to pay their rent and utilities."

Bakke said after the hearing that Ilon does not remember much of what occurred that night because he was in a coma and suffered a broken leg.

Ilon is not an American citizen and also faces possible deportation to Micronesia.

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HAJAA1 wrote:
Deport this loser and send his friends and family back with him.
on March 19,2014 | 11:27AM
Skyler wrote:
on March 19,2014 | 12:26PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
The guy driving blew a BAC of 0.15 and his passenger blew a 0.24, and they were going to work!
on March 19,2014 | 11:27AM
lew4543 wrote:
Is this a fair sentence ? How can one dui driver that kills someone get only 60 days in jail, while this poor soul is sentenced to 10Years ? Is our system so screwed up that it makes no sense at all ? If this person is to be deported, will he serve his sentence first ? Or does he just get a plane ride home? go figure
on March 19,2014 | 12:07PM
Upperkula wrote:
The were going to work!1 and they were plastard drunk. What kind of company lets their employees work while intoxicated. it's a good thing they never got behind the wheel of a 18 wheeler in that condition.
on March 19,2014 | 12:37PM
paniolo wrote:
I bet Island Movers going make sure their drivers aren't drunk before they start driving them big trucks.
on March 19,2014 | 12:52PM
hanoz808 wrote:
on March 19,2014 | 01:32PM
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