A man who killed a Honolulu Police officer and injured another learned his fate Wednesday.
James Dorsey will spend the next year in jail after driving drowsy and killing Eric Fontes on the side of the road.
“Your honor I am so sorry for what happened,” said Dorsey in court. “No amount of apologies can explain how sorry I am for everything that’s happened. It was an accident.”
In just a few words, James Dorsey expressed remorse for causing the deadly crash in September 2011.
Reports show Dorsey was driving from his Makiki home to Maili when he dozed off along Farrington Highway. His truck hit two police officers and killed one -- Eric Fontes.
“I know that the defendant is trying to say it was an accident, but as it was noticed in trial, it was preventable,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kristine Yoo. “He knew for about 2.5 miles he was tired and he was falling asleep.”
Dorsey was found guilty of third degree negligent homicide for Fontes’ death. The prosecution asked the judge for the maximum sentence of one year in jail while his defense attorney pleaded for a lighter sentence.
“I don’t want this tragic accident to define him or the rest of his life,” said Defense Attorney Carmel Kwock.
But the judge sided with the prosecution and the 22-year-old will serve one year.
“Given the state of the case, I think it was an appropriate sentence. He did take someone’s life, an officer’s life,” said Yoo. “So given that situation, we are satisfied with what happened today.”
Kwock says the results of the case were not a shock.
“We’re not too surprised. The judge has made it clear what his intentions were,” said Kwock.