Families of Ka Loko Dam break victims react to delay in Pflueger sentencing

Families of Ka Loko Dam break victims react to delay in Pflueger sentencing
James Pflueger
James Pflueger

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sentencing has been postponed for James Pflueger for the 2006 deadly Ka Loko dam disaster.

The retired car dealer reportedly can't make it to court due to health reasons. Pflueger was scheduled to appear in Kauai's Fifth Circuit Court on january 23, 2014.

The 87 year old pled no contest last year to reckless endangerment for changes to the spillway of his Kauai property, that contributed to the deaths of 7 people.

Bruce and Cyndee Fehring lost their daughter Aurora Solveig Fehring, son-in-law Alan Gareth Dingwall, and 2-year-old grandson, Rowan Grey Makana Fehring-Dingwall, when rushing water destroyed everything on their 6-acre property.

Bruce Fehring released this statement to Hawaii News Now today:

"I am uncertain what may, or may not, be wrong with Jimmy Pflueger's health, but, speaking on behalf of myself and my family, although we remain traumatized and broken-hearted, we planned on being at the scheduled sentencing hearing. I doubt the problem is with Mr. Pflueger's guts, as it appears he is lacking entirely in that department. Otherwise, he would not be hiding for all these years behind his lawyers and doctors, and would have, long ago, owned up to what he did to the Ka Loko Dam emergency spillway."

7-month pregnant Christina Michelle McNees, her fiance Daniel Jay Arroyo, friend Timothy Wendell Noonan, Jr., and the Fehring's caretaker, Wayne Carl Rotstein were also killed in the dam disaster.

Calls to Pflueger's attorney William McCorriston were not returned. No new date has been announced for Pflueger's sentencing.

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