Gunman who wounded a man outside Aiea Bowl gets 10-year sentence

Joseph Pasion
Joseph Pasion
Landen Dela Cruz
Landen Dela Cruz
Lola Dela Cruz
Lola Dela Cruz

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man who was wounded in a shooting outside Aiea Bowl last year expressed frustration over the gunman's punishment at a sentencing hearing Monday.

While the gunman will be finished with his prison sentence in 10 years, the victim says he will still be suffering the effects of the shooting.

With bullet fragments still lodged in his body, Landen Dela Cruz came to court seeking answers as to why Joseph Pasion opened fire on him outside Aiea Bowl last year.

"I don't know why he shot me," the victim said. "I don't know why this whole conflict went about. I would like to know. I would like to hear him tell me why, why everything went down that night. Everything is still a blur to me."

Investigators say the shooting occurred after Pasion was kicked out of the bowling alley. The victim says he happened to be outside with his friends and didn't even know the gunman.

"You'll never know what it's like as a parent to have a call early in the morning to tell you that your son was shot," Lola Dela Cruz, victim's mother, said.

Lola Dela Cruz says the hollow-tip bullet entered her son's shoulder, struck the scapula and second vertebra, and shattered into pieces.

The 23-year-old says the injury has affected his ability to earn a living.

"Now I cannot work on cars because I don't have the strength to be mounting tires, to be changing quarter panels, all that kind of stuff," Landen Dela Cruz said.

The shooter says he hopes he can be forgiven some day.

"Sorry, eh. What happened that night shouldn't have happened," Pasion said to his victim. "To his mom, sorry, and to his family, for what I have done. It was unacceptable."

The defendant was originally charged with second-degree attempted murder, but struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of first-degree assault, as well as firearms offenses. Under the plea agreement, Pasion received a 10-year prison sentence.

"After 10 years, he'll get out and he'll go on with his life with nothing, nothing wrong with him," Landen Dela Cruz said.

Circuit Judge Richard Pollack called the shooting "senseless," and ordered Pasion to pay more than $1,300 in restitution to cover the victim's medical expenses.

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