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Drunken Driver Who Killed Baby Sentenced

Ceriaco Kasoga Ceriaco Kasoga
Morgan Hill Morgan Hill
Ten-month-old Saydee Miller was killed in this North Shore collision in September 2005 Ten-month-old Saydee Miller was killed in this North Shore collision in September 2005

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A drunken driver who killed a baby in a car crash in September 2005 is sentenced to a year and a half in prison.

Ceriaco Kasoga broke down as the victim's family members talked about their loss at the sentencing Tuesday morning. The 56-year-old earlier pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Kasoga's speeding van crossed the center line on Kamehameha Highway near Waimea Bay and slammed head-on into a car. Ten-month-old Saydee Miller was in the car that was hit. She was killed.

"As a grieving family member, of course, we would have hoped for a much harsher sentence in terms of jail time," Morgan Hill, victim's uncle, said. "But while I was in there listening to the sentence, what really occurred to me is that this is a part of a final closure."

The judge also sentenced Kasoga to five years probation and ordered him to pay $7,600 in restitution.

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