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2 Canadian women get plea deal in Honolulu airport assault case

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 02:55 a.m. HST, Aug 28, 2013

Two Canadian women Tuesday agreed to fines and lesser penalties following a confrontation with state deputy sheriffs at Honolulu Airport in May.

Rachel Francis, 20, of Surrey, British Columbia, was charged with second-degree assault after an incident May 2 in which she got into a confrontation with two deputy sheriffs at Honolulu Airport while being questioned about her conduct aboard an Allegiant Air flight from Washington state.

Through a plea by mail deal worked out the Honolulu prosecutors’s office, Rachel Francis agreed to pay a fine of $250 and have the charged reduced to a third-degree assault charge. She also requested that the misdemeanor conviction be wiped from her record if she commits no crimes during the next six months.

Her sister, Mary Francis, tried to intervene when her sister was being questioned by authorities and was charged with obstruction of government operations.

Mary Francis, through her attorney Daniel Kawamoto, agreed to a $50 fine and have her charge reduced to disorderly conduct, which is a violation.

The two sisters had been facing misdemeanor charges carrying a maximum jail term of one year.

District Court Judge Leslie Hayashi agreed to the plea bargain deals for the two sisters during a hearing, which neither sister attended.

After the hearing Kawamoto said the two women were “happy to get this behind them.”

“It was an unfortunate incident.”

The incident occurred May 2 at Honolulu Airport's Gate 17 at 8:20 p.m. after the airport duty manager requested sheriff deputies to investigate a report of disruption on the plane.

When the plane reached the gate the pilot asked that Francis and her sister, Mary Francis be removed and questioned because they had been belligerent with flight attendants and disruptive to passengers during the flight.

While the two deputies were interviewing the two women, Rachel Francis allegedly assaulted a deputy sheriff.

At a District Court appearance in May, Kawamoto told Leslie Hayashi that they are "good people," pointing out that Rachel Francis won a competition among 350 people to be the face of an anti-bullying campaign in Surrey.

They were allowed to leave Hawaii after each posting $100 bond.

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eoe wrote:
Keep it classy, Canada.
on August 27,2013 | 09:47AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
i'd hit that.
on August 28,2013 | 01:08AM
tiwtsfm wrote:
Shame on you girls. What would your grandma say?
on August 27,2013 | 10:14AM
Mei mei wrote:
At a District Court appearance in May, Kawamoto told Leslie Hayashi that they are "good people," yeah, until they got all liquored up and beligerant!
on August 27,2013 | 10:28AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
They should be put on the no fly list and barred from entering the U.S......
on August 27,2013 | 10:37AM
Ratrase wrote:
Needs to be a two drink maximum on airplanes.
on August 27,2013 | 11:00AM
samidunn wrote:
You assault a law enforcement officer it should be mandatory jail time.
on August 27,2013 | 11:10AM
Usagi336 wrote:
Lucky the sheriff didn't take out his Glock like Deedy!
on August 27,2013 | 12:52PM
Usagi336 wrote:
So we need bouncers now on flights? Make a holding cell towards the back.
on August 27,2013 | 12:51PM
Morimoto wrote:
Rachel Francis is HOT! She can beat me anyday.
on August 27,2013 | 12:55PM
loquaciousone wrote:
And with her eyebrows only..
on August 27,2013 | 12:58PM
Do I note a bit of jelousy?
on August 27,2013 | 02:42PM
on August 27,2013 | 02:42PM
loquaciousone wrote:
on August 27,2013 | 03:38PM
loquaciousone wrote:
on August 27,2013 | 03:38PM
Morimoto wrote:
YES, of course. She must be wild in bed.
on August 27,2013 | 03:42PM
SteveToo wrote:
She could weigh in at maybe 160 lbs or more. Hard to tell from just a head shot. LOL
on August 27,2013 | 05:01PM
SteveToo wrote:
Not sure w/o seeing the rest of her body. LOL
on August 27,2013 | 05:01PM
Anonymous wrote:
Drunk no count....
on August 27,2013 | 06:17PM
Papakolea wrote:
Buh-by. Next time, please go to Florida!
on August 27,2013 | 07:16PM
dlum003 wrote:
they look the cocky types
on August 28,2013 | 04:02AM
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