Punahou graduate sentenced to 45 days behind bars for killing Albatross birds
After hearing his punishment and with his parents just feet away, Christian Gutierrez spoke his final words in court.
HONOLULU - After hearing his punishment and with his parents just feet away, Christian Gutierrez spoke his final words in court.
"I love you mom, I love you dad, I'm sorry," he said.
In December 2015, the 19-year-old had been with a group of minors at Ka'ena point.They killed 15 Albatross birds and destroyed at least 11 eggs.
The DLNR calling the event a brutal killing.
"Everyone wants to be clear that we cannot tolerate this behavior. its brutal heinous and we need to protect our wildlife," DNLR Chair Suzanne Case said.
Gutierrez will also have to serve one year of probation and perform 200 hours of community service along with several fines.
Attorney Myles Breiner argued his client didn't act alone and wasn't "the architect" of the crime.
Breiner pushed for a deferred acceptance of his clients no contest plea which would've mean no jail time.
But the judge ruled otherwise.
"The prosecutor I thought failed his responsibilities in this case. I felt she bowed to the pressures of the media and other people who had hostile feelings towards Mr.Gutierrez," Breiner said.
Gutierrez was sentenced to jail immediately.
His attorney still expects him to be able to return to college at NYU in the fall.