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Pflueger's medical condition delays Ka Loko Dam sentencing

By Associated Press


LIHUE » A retired car dealer's medical ailment is delaying his sentencing for a Kauai dam breach that swept seven people to their deaths in 2006.

James Pflueger told the Garden Island newspaper a leg condition is preventing him from traveling from Honolulu to Kauai for the sentencing, which was scheduled for next week.

Attorney William McCorriston said sentencing for his client has been rescheduled for April.

The 87-year-old Pflueger pleaded no contest last year 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 seven manslaughter counts. His company, Pacific 808 Properties, pleaded no contest to seven counts of manslaughter. The company will pay a $350,000 fine that will go toward a dam inspection and safety program.

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.

Pflueger said he can't fly for six weeks. "Every day is a good day when I wake up and I'm this old," he said, calling himself "worn out."

Bruce Fehring's daughter, son-in-law and 2-year-old grandson were among those who died. Fehring expressed disappointment with the delay.

"I am uncertain what may, or may not, be wrong with Jimmy Pflueger's health, but, speaking on behalf of myself and my family, although we remain traumatized and broken-hearted, we planned on being at the scheduled sentencing hearing," he said in an email.

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

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inHilo wrote:
When money talks, equality walks. Probation for reckless endangerment, aka manslaughter. Get in the plane!
on January 15,2014 | 05:55AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Yup. McCorriston - a high charge and capable attorney for the money. Willing to bet Pflueger will not see any jail time. One big difference is he has money to keep that from happening.
on January 15,2014 | 07:43PM
Sandybeach wrote:
Move the sentencing to a Honolulu Court Room. Bring Kauai Judge to Honolulu for a day. Arguments could be heard and sentencing could be imposed. Same court system for entire State. Justice delayed is justice denied.
on January 15,2014 | 06:29AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Oh look, James Pflueger has a note from his doctor saying he can't be sentenced.

James Pflueger's money and connections have allowed him to avoid justice for almost a decade and make a mockery out of the justice system. And how on earth did they allow a corporation to plead no contest?

Unless the board of directors and shareholders are all going to prison together, then that's a legal fiction that never should have been allowed. The lesson here is that if you are going to kill people, it's better to be rich and plugged in with the Hawaii good old boy network.

on January 15,2014 | 06:43AM
Slow wrote:
Flooger is a proven liar. Now poor Jimmy can't make a half hour flight? Does the Flooger Family top the list of nominees for Hawaii Hall of Shame?
on January 15,2014 | 07:28AM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Poor Jimmy, his victims can't attend his sentencing either.
on January 15,2014 | 08:08AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Bad legs? Was he planning on walking on water to get there? Wheelchair on-wheelchair off the plane and right into the courtroom. Face the judge like a man, not a coward.
on January 15,2014 | 08:43AM
Squiggs wrote:
Go down to Sandy Beach at 7a, I see Jimmy walking on the beach 3 days a week.
on January 15,2014 | 10:56AM
cojef wrote:
His obituary will read that he was conviction free.
on January 15,2014 | 12:57PM
nitpikker wrote:
i gotta agree with all the above posts.
on January 15,2014 | 01:21PM
false wrote:
Go Jimmy!
on January 15,2014 | 07:59PM
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