Former Honolulu police officer Nelson Tamayori and former reserve officer Joseph Becera will not have to spend any time behind bars for failing to report two assaults committed by a fellow officer in an illegal game room last year.
U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright sentenced each man to two years’ probation Wednesday for covering up the assaults of two game room patrons by former officer Vincent Morre. He also fined Becera $10,000.
“I don’t see a public interest here in imposing a term of incarceration,” Seabright said.
He told Tamayori and Becera that their prosecutions and felony convictions serve enough of a deterrent against future abuse by law enforcement officers.
Becera said he hopes that’s true.
“I hope my brother officers will learn from my experience,” he said.
Tamayori, 45, and Becera, 77, pleaded guilty earlier this year to concealing their knowledge of the assaults by failing to mention them in their reports of a visit to the game room with Morre in September last year to look for a forgery suspect. All three men were members of a Honolulu Police Department plainclothes unit based in Kalihi. Becera also pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI when agents questioned him about it.