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Judge grants supervised release for woman charged in deadly DUI crash

Kristin Mancao Kristin Mancao
Circuit Judge Richard Perkins Circuit Judge Richard Perkins
Michelle Puu Michelle Puu
Dean Gomes Dean Gomes
Marcus Sierra Marcus Sierra

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Makakilo woman charged with killing a man while driving drunk and speeding excessively in Kapolei will be allowed to remain free, without having to post bail, pending the outcome of her manslaughter trial.

Circuit Judge Richard Perkins granted Kristin Mancao's motion for supervised release Thursday, despite objections from prosecutors. The judge did order the defendant to surrender her driver's license.

She is the mother of a five-year-old, holds down two jobs, and has no criminal history. But prosecutors say Kristin Mancao is still a manslaughter defendant and should not be placed on supervised release.

"Our first and foremost concern has to be the safety of the community," Michelle Puu, deputy prosecutor, said. "The fact that this defendant in this condition drove in this manner and killed somebody is something we can not ignore."

Last July, the 27-year-old's SUV broadsided and crushed a Corvette driven by Dean Gomes, 52. The Ewa Beach man died at the scene.

Prosecutors say Mancao's blood alcohol level was 0.170, more than twice the legal limit, nearly two hours after the crash. They also say she was going in excess of 70 miles per hour in a 30 mile-per-hour zone.

"Since the occurrence of the incident, she has completely refrained from the consumption of alcohol," Marcus Sierra, defense attorney, said. "She immediately, four days after the accident, started attending AA meetings twice a week."

After hearing arguments from both sides, the judge granted the supervised release.

"Of course, obviously, we're very disappointed," Debbie Young, crash victim's sister, said. "If this is your first offense and you have hurt someone like you did, you killed my brother, then I really don't care how clean your record is."

Young says the months since her brother's sudden death have been extremely difficult.

"We miss him a lot," she said. "We miss him every day. It doesn't get any easier."

Sierra says his client is remorseful.

Originally a negligent homicide case, an Oahu grand jury last week indicted Mancao on the more serious charge of manslaughter. If convicted, she faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

She's scheduled to enter a plea at her arraignment on Monday.

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