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Request by military man accused of killing student angers victim's family

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

"Run... run again... keep running!" shouted Stephen Danforth as the elevator closed at First Circuit Court in Honolulu. 

Danforth was shouting at his daughter's killer, Dominic Franklyn. 19-year old Mariah Danforth-Moore was crossing the street when the H.P.U student was hit and killed.  Franklyn turned himself in days later, and pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal crash.  

He was supposed to be sentenced Monday morning but instead, his attorney asked for another month.   Richard Hoke said Franklyn suffers from P.T.S.D. and will petition for Veterans Treatment Court.  It's a way for veterans suffering from substance abuse or medical conditions to get treatment instead of serving jail time.

The request angered Mariah's family, some flew in from the mainland for the sentencing.

The judge did allow those people to testify despite the delay.

Mariah's mother was one of them.

"I cry every day.  Every day.  Not a day goes by, (that) I don't," said Lisa Moore.

Her testimony was so emotional, even Franklyn couldn't hold back tears.

Veterans Treatment Court is usually reserved for non violent criminals so it's not likely that his request will move forward.  If it is denied, he will be sentenced on June 13.

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