Friday, September 5, 2008

Four "Bird Rock Bandits" headed for jail

OK...that's JAIL. All you friends of these guys can stop telling me how "innocent" they are. The judge didn't think so:

Superior Court Judge John S. Einhorn ordered Eric House, 21, and Matthew Yanke, 22, to serve 210 days each in jail. Orlando Osuna, 23, was sentenced to 349 days in jail. The three had pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Emery Kauanui Jr., 24.

Henri “Hank” Hendricks, 22, was sentenced to 90 days in jail. He had pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact.

Einhorn said he chose probation and county jail over prison because of the defendants lack of criminal history and apparent ability to comply with the terms of probation. He also said he believed they were genuinely remorseful and noted there was no evidence that any of them threw the fatal punch.

However, the judge also noted that not one of the men stopped to help Kauanui when he lay bleeding on the ground.

This isn't over. The remaining "Bandit" who is accused of throwing the punch that killed Kauanui, Seth Cravens, goes on trial next month.

1 comment:

Yiddish Steel said...

Do these friends of "The Misunderstood Friends" need a starters pistol shot to get the inane comment thread started here?! I read about this earlier today, Nigel, I immediately thought back to 6 months ago with that huge comment thread from all the "associates" of the defendants. 4-out-of-5 headed to Lompoc.