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Emotions Fill Courtroom During Traffic Death Sentencing

Aadam Akiona will serve one year behind bars for the traffic death of Ramus Seabury. Aadam Akiona will serve one year behind bars for the traffic death of Ramus Seabury.
Keone Seabury makes emotional statement during court sentencing. Keone Seabury makes emotional statement during court sentencing.
Photo of Waimanalo fatal crash that killed Ramus Seabury. Photo of Waimanalo fatal crash that killed Ramus Seabury.

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- From sorrow to anger, a Waimanalo family displayed a wide range of emotions at a killer's sentencing Wednesday.

Aadam Akiona was 19 years old when he caused a collision that killed a man. He earlier pleaded "no contest" to second-degree negligent homicide. The most he could get for that crime was five years in prison.

Even before he stepped into the courtroom, Kekai Seabury's tears began to flow. His dad, 62-year-old Ramus Seabury, was killed in a head-on collision in Waimanalo three years ago. Kekai was at the scene shortly after the crash.

"I told him I love you, I miss you and everything's going to be all right," Kekai Seabury, victim's son, said. "And all I heard was a bunch of blood, I guess in his mouth, gargling."

Prosecutors say Aadam Akiona was driving at least 70 miles an hour in the 35 mile-per-hour zone, when his truck crossed the center line and slammed into Seabury's pick-up.

"My husband was a good man," Harriet Seabury, victim's wife, said. "I was married to him for 41 years. I knew him since I was 15, and he was 17."

"My youngest son was born after he died," Keone Seabury, victim's son, said. "He never got to see my baby."

Police recovered bottles of beer at the scene. But the defense says a test detected no alcohol in Akiona's system.

"My heart feels pain and sorrow for the Seabury family," the defendant said. "No family should have to experience such a tragedy."

"We are sorry for this accident," Aaron Akiona, defendant's father, said. "We can not bring him back."

The judge sentenced the 22-year-old to one year in jail and five-years probation. Akiona was given the opportunity to say good-bye to his family, which is something the Seaburys could not do with Ramus.

Before the deadly crash, prosecutors say Akiona had been cited for speeding three times. In addition to the one year in jail, Akiona must pay $6,098 in restitution.

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