No jail time for company manager linked to deadly 2011 fireworks bunker blast

Updated: Aug. 14, 2017 at 7:45 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Six years after a deadly explosion at a Waikele bunker that killed 5 people, a company manager tied to operations at the site of the blast won't spend any time behind bars.

Instead, a federal court judge sentenced Carlton Finley to one year probation Monday.

He agreed to a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to mishandling fireworks.

Finley is a former project manager for Donaldson Enterprises, the company that used the bunker to store and dispose of illegal fireworks.

Finley told the judge the incident left his family "devastated," and that he now helps victims of explosive ordnances.

He was the only person convicted of a crime following the incident. Finley's boss, Charles Donaldson, was acquitted, but still faced civil suits from the victim's families.

Finley was also ordered to pay a $250 fine.

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