by Minna Sugimoto
HONOLULU (KHNL) - He took an oath to uphold the law. But Thursday, a former Honolulu police officer went before a judge and admitted he helped protect an illegal gambling operation on Oahu's North Shore.
Flanked by his family and friends, former Honolulu police officer Glenn Miram faces one of the toughest moments of his life.
"It's killing him," Robert Prasser, Miram family friend, said. "It's been a tough year. You know, he has lost his job and he wants to move on."
Move on, by admitting he broke the law.
Miram was one of five police officers indicted in April, following a federal probe into illegal gambling on Oahu's North Shore. The indictment accused him of providing a Waialua gambling ring that ran cockfights a heads-up on police raids.
"One of the co-defendants, who's a police officer, gave him a number of another co-defendant to give a call to," William Harrison, defense attorney, said. "And my client, unfortunately, made the call."
In Federal Court, Miram admits he informed one of the defendants "that the Gambling Detail would be down at the Waialua fights that weekend."
The judge asks, "You gave them advanced warning?"
The former officer replies, "Yes."
"There was a lot of soul searching on his behalf," Harrison said after the court hearing. "He spoke to his family. He thought it would be the best thing for him to do is to take responsibility."
He pleads guilty to a conspiracy charge that carries a punishment of up to five years in prison.