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Pflueger's sentencing in Kauai dam break delayed again

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:45 a.m. HST, Apr 10, 2014

LIHUE >> A retired car dealer's sentencing was delayed for a second time in a Kauai dam breach that swept seven people to their deaths in 2006.

James Pflueger's new sentencing date is Aug. 28. Because of a medical condition, he was unable to travel from Honolulu to Kauai in January for his original sentencing date.

Pflueger pleaded no contest in July to first-degree reckless endangerment for his role in the Ka Loko dam break on his property. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop manslaughter charges.

Meanwhile, a petition by dozens of Kilauea farmers and residents has been filed in court asking that Pflueger's sentence include orders to fix the dam and spillway, The Garden Island reported.

"In particular, we ask that Pflueger's sentence include orders to restore the Ka Loko Dam and its spillway so that it complies with all applicable Hawaii state laws and regulations, so that the Ka Loko Reservoir system may once again sustain the region's economic vitality which Pflueger's reckless actions have endangered," the petition said. "In addition to the seven lives lost on March 14, 2006, Pflueger's recklessness resulted in a desiccated Ka Loko Reservoir -- a result that scars the earth and wounds the heart of the community."

One of the accusations against Pflueger was that the spillway -- designed to keep water from flowing over the dam --had been covered.

Pflueger's attorney, William McCorriston, could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

The plea agreement calls for five years' probation. At the sentencing, prosecutors can argue for additional conditions such as community service, a fine and up to a year imprisonment, according to the state attorney general's office.

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HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Running out the clock.
on April 10,2014 | 10:50AM
cojef wrote:
Which clock, his?
on April 10,2014 | 11:09AM
mcc wrote:
$$$$ buys more time out of jail. Dirty family, I wouldn't buy a car from them...
on April 10,2014 | 11:38AM
entrkn wrote:
Delayed again, what a surprise! How many new cars is this judge getting?
on April 10,2014 | 11:50AM
samidunn wrote:
This guy is better at stonewalling then Obama!
on April 10,2014 | 11:52AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Oweee Oweee my toenail sore. I cannot fly.
on April 10,2014 | 12:13PM
paniolo wrote:
Just do video conferencing and get this over with already. Bet McCorriston going ask for another delay in August.
on April 10,2014 | 12:13PM
konag43 wrote:
because you have money you can keep on delaying. his butt would have been in jail by now if he was poor.
on April 10,2014 | 12:50PM
markat wrote:
Medical Condition = Too Rich for Justice
on April 10,2014 | 01:17PM
Slow wrote:
Has there been a case ever in Hawai'i history where the rich scoundrel could endlessly postpone serving time? Same with his son "Honesty" Alan Flooger. Only their sucker accountant is doing time. Meanwhile the courts just threw out the Pfluegers legal action against an 83 year old woman they evicted form her family home of many decades in Niu Valley. "When do I get my reputation back?" jimmy bleated recently. It's back, Jimmy baby. Exactly the one you have earned. Remember Pacific Honda is Plueger Honda with a name change. Anyone actually believe this corrupt organization will deal with you honestly?
on April 10,2014 | 01:31PM
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