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Man gets 5 years in Ocean View shooting

KEALAKEKUA — A 65-year-old Ocean View man was sentenced to prison for shooting two men earlier this year in Ka‘u.

Albert Walter Todd III was sentenced Wednesday by Kona Circuit Judge Robert D.S. Kim to two concurrent five-year prison terms in connection with the March 5 incident that sent two men to the hospital, according to court records.

According to police and prosecutors, Todd shot a 32-year-old man in the leg as he purportedly walked that evening on a private driveway off Aloha Boulevard in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. When a 31-year-old man contacted Todd on Todd’s property, that man suffered a gunshot would to his foot.

Todd was arrested the following day and charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangering.

Wednesday’s sentencing followed Todd pleading guilty in September to two counts of second-degree assault as part of a plea deal.

As part of the plea deal, the state agreed to recommend Todd serve the prison sentences concurrently. According to the agreement, he faced anywhere from four years probation and one year in jail to a max five years in prison.

Kim sentenced Todd to the maximum five years behind bars. But Kim opted to delay officially entering the judgment until Dec. 12 after Todd requested time to get his affairs in order before turning himself in to serve the prison term. Todd is currently on supervised release.

Shortly after the sentencing hearing, Deputy Public Defender Ann Datta filed a motion to reduce Todd’s sentence. The filing indicated a request for oral hearing would be made at a later date.

Email Chelsea Jensen at cjensen@westhawaiitoday.com.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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