HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nearly six years after a hit-and-run driver killed an elderly pedestrian, the victim's family says justice is finally being served.
Jatios Jatios was given the gift of probation and minimal jail time, but failed to follow the court's rules. On Thursday, he was re-sentenced to the maximum prison term for negligent homicide and failure to render aid.
Four-year-old Catherine and two-year-old Keira will never get to flash their bright smiles for their great-grandma Betty.
"She never even got to meet my kids," Brandy Parker, victim's granddaughter, said. "She passed away just before I got married."
Betty Santiago, 86, an active, church-going and beloved matriarch, was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2006. She was in a crosswalk in Iwilei when a car sped around other vehicles, slammed into her and kept going.
Jatios Jatios eventually surrendered and pleaded guilty. He could have received a 10-year prison term, but was sentenced to one year in jail and five years probation instead.
"Our family were not pleased by it," Kenneth Santiago, victim's son, said. "But we're not overly vocal type of people, so we complained among ourselves that it was just an injustice."
Then, adding salt to their emotional wounds, Jatios repeatedly violated his probation by failing to report to his probation officer, missing a urinalysis and failing to pay restitution.
"I'm listening to this progress report and thinking why is he still out there," Kenneth Santiago said.
On Thursday, Circuit Judge Karen Ahn stripped the deadly driver of his probation gift and re-sentenced him to the full 10 years.
"As a person, of course, I feel bad for his family. They're going to miss out on him for 10 years," Parker said. "But at least they get to have him back."
Perhaps the one who fought hardest for justice to be served was the victim's daughter, Susan Sheldon.
"Unfortunately, my sister who was really pushing for all of this and instrumental in the whole thing moving forward is not here to witness it," Kenneth Santiago said. "She passed on a year ago, but I'm sure she's happy right now."