Jimmy Pflueger pleads No ContestUPDATED 10:59 PM HST Jul 18, 2013Video Transcript
alcohol. 4-hundred million gallons of downstream water..seven years ago, took the lives of seven people. Now, the man many held accountable, took a plea deal, and could avoid jail all together. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa reports. 87-year-old Jimmy Pflueger was charged with seven counts of manslaughter, but today he pleaded no contest to a much lesser charge, felony reckless endangerment, and the judge found him GUILTY. This was all part of a plea with the state. GFX Attorney general David Louie said in a statement "I am satisfied that by entering into this plea agreement Pflueger has accepted responsibility for his part in this tragedy." On March 14th 2006 the Ka Loko Dam breached releasing a flood of mud and water 40 feet high. The raging torrent destroyed property and swept seven people to their death. A manslaughter conviction carries a 20 year prison term. In the plea deal Pflueger may get five years probation but could get one year in jail. Bruce Fehring lost his daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. He say's the consequence for Pfleuger falls short. BRUCE PHONER 2637I HAD A GRANDSON WHO WOULD BE 9 YEARS OLD NOW, I HAVE AN OLDEST DAUGHTER WHO MIGHT HAVE HAD OTHER GRANDCHILDREN BY THIS TIME. AND THEIR GONE. THEY'RE GONE. 54 SO THAT'S SOMETHING WE LIVE WITH EVERYDAY AND ALL THE OTHER VICTIMS WE LIVE WITH THEIR LOSS EVERYDAY. 2655 As part of the deal, Pflueger's COMPANY,which owned the dam, pleaded guilty to seven counts of manslaughter was fined 50-grand for each person killed. bruce: "2314 REALLY THAT'S ALL A LIFE IS WORTH 50000 DOLLARS TO A CORPORATION THAT MIGHT BE WORTH MILLIONS UPON TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IT SEEMS A LITTLE BIT ODD TO ME. 2326 bruce attorney. 1614 THE ONLY POSITIVE ASPECT OF THIS AND IT'S GOOD FOR EVERYONE AROUND IS TO HAVE CLOSURE 1621IF THIS CASE PROCEEDED TO TRIAL THERE COULD HAVE BEEN APPEALS AND THIS COULD HAVE GONE ON FOR YEARS 1626 Pfleuger will be sentenced on January 23rd -- whre the judge could impose community service, fines and up to a year in jail. The fine will be used to enhance the department of land and natural resources dam inspection and safety program. Back to you guys.