Sheriff killer gets more prison time for drug case

Circuit Court judge Karl Sakamoto
Circuit Court judge Karl Sakamoto
Deputy Prosecutor Chris Van Marter
Deputy Prosecutor Chris Van Marter

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - An Oahu man, already serving a life sentence for killing an off-duty state sheriff, received more prison time Friday. Patrick Lorenzo learned his punishment for prior drug offenses.

Wearing a bright orange jumpsuit, Patrick Lorenzo faces more dark days ahead.

"Clearly, rehabilitation is not a viable option," Karl Sakamoto, Circuit Court judge, said. "The court still maintains a firm conviction that you are a danger to our community."

The judge has reason to be disturbed.

He once gave the 33-year-old a chance, sending him to drug treatment instead of prison. While free, Lorenzo -- armed with a semi-automatic pistol -- stormed into Osake Sushi Bar and Lounge, where he shot and killed Daniel Browne-Sanchez, a deputy sheriff who worked there part-time.

"In effect, he's squandered virtually every opportunity the court has given him," Chris Van Marter, deputy prosecutor, said.

So no more chances.

"Anything you want to say?" the judge asked.

"No," Lorenzo replied.

For the drug counts, the judge hands down back-to-back sentences totaling 15 years.

The convicted murderer also has a life term, plus 130 years, for his Osake rampage. He's appealing that case.

"At this point, the overriding concern is public safety," Van Marter said. "Patrick Lorenzo has hurt a lot of people."

Prosecutors say there's one positive aspect to the Lorenzo case.

"Courts are looking at release with more skepticism and caution," Van Marter said. "And so that's been a welcome result of this."

Lorenzo also lost his lawyer Friday. The judge approved defense attorney Walter Rodby's request to withdraw as counsel.