Thursday, July 6th 2017, 1:42 pm PDTThursday, July 6th 2017, 8:40 pm PDT
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –
A former Punahou School student was sentenced Thursday to 45 days behind bars for slaughtering protected birds at Kaena Point in 2015.
Christian Gutierrez was also sentenced to one year probation and ordered to do 200 hours of community service, and was remanded to custody after the sentencing hearing.
“The people have every right to be angry and disgusted at my behavior,” Gutierrez said. “I am ashamed of myself.”
Prosecutors and wildlife conservationists had been pushing for one year in jail for Gutierrez, calling the crime savage.
Authorities accused Gutierrez and two other young people in the killings of at least 15 Laysan albatrosses at Kaena Point Natural Reserve.
But on Thursday, state Department of Land and Natural Resources Chairwoman Suzanne Case said the sentence sent a strong message to the community.
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