HI HI - Sommer Ferreira, 20, Hilo, 20 Sept 2011

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  1. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/loc...ing-death-toddler-now-indicted-mother-s-death

    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/13825544/police-investigating-the-death-of-19-month-old

    Sommer's FB: https://www.facebook.com/sommer.ferreira
     
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    There seem to have been incredible delays in this case.

    I could not understand why a man charged with the murder of the daughter in January 2011 would be free to murder the mother in September 2011 until I read the full article.


    What an unfortunate decision that turned out to be.

    Cortez was only actually taken into custody in January 2014.

    It appears that it took a long time for police to amass the evidence required to say that Sommer had been murdered. Her death was only reclassified as murder in June 2014, so there is obviously an awful lot more to come out about why the investigation took so long and what they discovered.

     
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    http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/cortez-gets-plea-deal-death-toddler

     
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    Kona Circuit Judge Ronald Ibarra scheduled sentencing for 1 p.m. Aug. 12. Both Hilo Circuit judges, Glenn Hara and Greg Nakamura, recused themselves from hearing the case for undisclosed reasons.

    First-degree assault is a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Cortez could’ve been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole if convicted of second-degree murder.

    “The plea agreement is that the state can ask for 10 years in prison; Xavier can ask for any legal sentence, which includes probation and time served,” Keith Shigetomi, Cortez’s court-appointed attorney, said Saturday.

    Cortez has been in custody since his arrest Jan. 28, 2014.

    “I think the evidence at trial was questionable, which explains why there was a plea agreement in this case, that a jury could have found him not guilty,” Shigetomi said. “At the same time, a jury might have found him guilty, so there was a plea agreement reached that reflects the strength of the evidence.

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    Deputy Prosecutor Rick Damerville confirmed details of the plea agreement but said he doesn’t think Cortez will be released from jail with time served.
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    “The reason for the plea agreement is the loss of witness by death and the loss of another witness who just refuses to cooperate,” Damerville said.
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    “That poor child had a real, real tough life and a tough death, and it’s so dispiriting at so many different levels,” he said. “That human beings are capable of killing innocent children is just appalling.”

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    I have NO words....

    :stormingmad:


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