HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The man who served a deadly amount of liquor to a teenaged girl last year says he has since quit drinking and wants to speak to youth groups about the dangers of alcohol.
Michael Clark negotiated a plea deal that allows him to serve a one-year jail term for two separate criminal cases. One involved the alcohol poisoning death of Makamae Ah Mook Sang, 15.
Nearly 11 months after he provided the fatal amount of alcohol, Clark turned to the victim's family and apologized.
"Not a day goes by that I don't pray for her and all of you," he said. "I'm really sorry. I feel really terrible."
Clark had a party at his Hawaii Kai home last July and served liquor to five teenaged girls.
The youngest, Makamae Ah Mook Sang, died. Her blood alcohol level was an astonishing 0.433, more than five times the legal limit for a person driving.
"Michael did not know her," Brook Hart, defense attorney, said. "He's extremely remorseful."
At the time, Clark was awaiting sentencing for assault and terroristic threatening, stemming from an altercation with police at the Ala Moana Hotel in 2007.
His attorneys say the common thread in both incidents was Clark's over-consumption of alcohol. They say he now attends counseling sessions and AA meetings.
"He can confidently say that he has remained clean and sober since August 2009, and he intends to remain free from alcohol for the rest of his life," Hart said.
Tracy Ah Mook Sang leaned on her faith, as she addressed the man who contributed to her daughter's death.
"As I was processing my opinion and feeling towards you, I felt like God placed upon my heart that He wanted me to look at you through His eyes," the victim's mother said. "You, Michael, is just as much a child of God as I am."
Under a plea agreement, Clark received a one-year jail sentence for both cases.
"Makamae was described as a kind spirit with a warm heart and loved by so many because of her love for life," Richard Pollack, Circuit Court judge, said. "Her memory deserves that we learn from the events that transpired."
"I'd like to, when I get out, talk to people about how dangerous alcohol is, and try and make a difference," Clark said.
In addition to the jail term, Clark must serve 200 hours of community service that will involve public speaking about the dangers of alcohol.
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