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Drunken driver sentenced for fatal crash on Nimitz


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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