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Judge sentences 23-year-old father to a year in jail and probation in crash that killed best friend

Keanan Tantog was sentenced to one year in prison and 10 years probation Wednesday in connection with the death of best friend Bobby Gouveia in a racing crash four years ago.

Tantog was convicted of first-degree negligent homicide and first-degree negligent injury by Circuit Court Judge Dexter Del Rosario in April, and faced up to 15 years behind bars.

After hearing testimony from the victim’s family and the defendant’s attorney, Del Rosario said the maximum sentence — which the Gouveia family petitioned for — was too harsh for the 22-year-old father of three.

He asked Tantog to use his experience to teach teenagers about the dangers of racing and drunken driving.

“The tragedy of this case is not one of these young people understood the gravity of the situation they were in,” Del Rosario said. “If you can prevent this from happening, that is your obligation.”

Tantog, who was 18 years old at the time of the collision, was driving drunk with Gouveia in the passenger seat when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a Civil Defense siren pole on Farrington Highway in Mokuleia. Tantog was reportedly racing with a friend in a second vehicle, and the two were leapfrogging with their cars before the early morning the accident.

Tantog and another passenger were taken into the hospital in serious condition while Gouveia died at the scene.

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