By: Rick Blangiardi
A carefree day on Keehi lagoon turned tragic last month when a 20-year-old Australian tourist on a jet ski plowed into and killed a 16-year-old girl from northern California who was also enjoying the water that day.
Tyson Dagley, the Australian carpet cleaner from Brisbane was sentenced last week to time served at the Oahu community correctional center, which amounted to a 12-day sentence.
Perhaps no recent criminal case brought such a divergence of opinion:
Those who thought the sentence far too light to others who said it was accidental and that the remorseful young man would have to live with the tragedy the rest of his life.
Understandably, the parents of 16-year-old Kristen Fonseca called the sentence what they thought it was: a travesty.
They believed the judge gave Dagley the equivalent of a traffic ticket.
Dagley was also permitted to pay restitution of $78,138 in monthly installments of $30. At that rate, the restitution would take 217 years to pay off.
There is another civil suit awaiting Dagley and the jet ski company involved in the accident.
With all due compassion for a young man who didn't mean to take another person's life that fateful day, a 12-day sentence is a clear case of the punishment not fitting the crime.