Judge hands down maximum sentence in deadly crash during tsunami warning

Published On: Nov 12 2013 05:26:00 PM HST

Nolan Raboy's widow wiped away tears as she listened to her sons describe her late husband in court Tuesday.

"To myself and our family, he meant strength and support," said Nelson Raboy.

"My dad is a loving person who lived an extraordinary life," said Nick Raboy.

An extraordinary life that was cut short in October 2012.

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The 65-year-old man died in a multi-vehicle crash on Wilikina Drive in Wahiawa on the night of the tsunami warning.

Prosecutors say Donald Halleron had been drinking when he crashed his car into Raboy's Jeep trapping the father of three inside.

The Jeep caught fire burning Raboy beyond recognition.

"It deeply saddens me to the core that my dad died a horrific death," said Nick Raboy.  "I am outraged and angry that his life was taken from him in a violent manner."

In August, Halleron pleaded no contest to negligent homicide.  On Tuesday before Judge Rom Trader handed down his sentence, the 30-year-old man asked the Raboy family for forgiveness.

"I know I can never make up for what I've done but that will not stop me from trying to do as much good as I can to be the best possible person I can be and hopes of one day receiving forgiveness," said Halleron.

Halleron's defense attorney tried to convince the court for a lenient sentence citing his eight years of military service.  But, the judge didn't budge.

Halleron's lips quivered as the judge sentenced him to 10 years behind bars -- the maximum punishment.

"Justice -- at least for my behalf -- was served, temporarily for now," said Nick Raboy.

And, for now, Raboy says forgiveness Halleron's asking for will be a long time coming.

PHOTOS: Halleron sentenced for deadly Wahiawa crash

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