Man Who Shot, Paralyzed Friend Learns His Punishment

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Sentencing for an Oahu man who shot and paralyzed his childhood friend went on without a hitch Friday. The hearing was delayed last month, after a violent outburst in the courtroom.

Thirty-four-year-old Pepito Ilar faces the rest of his life in a wheelchair, thanks to his reckless friend.

"I think he's still in that process of accepting it," Darrell Wong, deputy prosecutor, said. "He's had a hard time dealing with it."

Daniel Lista blew off his left hand while playing with illegal fireworks six years ago. Four years later, prosecutors say he was playing with a loaded gun while high on crystal methamphetamine, when he accidentally shot Ilar.

"It appears the defendant has not learned from his past experiences," Wong said.

The victim's mother reads a letter to the judge, written by her husband.

"He shot Pepito with a gun or explosive, which caused Pepito to be paralyzed for the rest of his life," Gloria Ilar, victim's mother, read. "He is strapped to a wheelchair, knowing that he will never walk again."

The victim's father is asked to skip Friday's hearing, after he attacked the shooter in court last month. Crews had to clean up the bloody mess.

The judge sentences Lista to 10 years in prison.

"How it is you don't know that even the possession of these dangerous items, as bombs and guns, would not result in immense danger and harm is incredible," Karl Sakamoto, Circuit judge, said.

Lista must serve a mandatory minimum of five years in prison. The judge also ordered him to pay more than $215,000 for the victim's medical expenses.