Update: The Judge sentenced Chevis Santiago to 5 years maximum indeterminate sentence. Seems like he is trying to turn himself around. He wrote letters of apology to the victims. His grandparents, uncles, girlfriend and baby daughter were present. He publicly apologized in court.
The prosecutor and HBL asked for prison time because his history of drug abuse and violence cannot be corrected merely by saying sorry. Indeed he has continued to violate the law, including serious and dangerous behaviors. Whether a person is angry and takes it out on bicyclists on the road, or is impaired and crashes into people on the road, the person is a danger.
We hope he will change his life, and become the good person who helps others as he was raised to be. We wish him well in his journey to a better life.
(HBL represents 1859 cyclist-members, young and old, who just want to be safe on the road from violence or from bad drivers. Heeding Kamehameha’s law of the splintered paddle, the strong should protect the weak, especially when driving a car that can be a dangerous weapon if driven badly. )
Chevis Santiago, who assaulted and injured six people (4 bicyclists and 2 course marshals) at the Haleiwa Metric Century in April, 2014, will be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison tomorrow morning, Tuesday, 2/14/17 at 8:30 a.m. in Honolulu Circuit Court, 777 Punchbowl Street, 3rd floor, Judge Trader’s courtroom.
Witnesses saw Santiago and others drinking beer while driving before stopping to assault 4 defenseless bicyclists on their bikes and 2 course marshals who came to their aid in an unprovoked attack. He kicked and punched all of them, bloodying one elderly cyclist’s face, causing permanent eye injury to one course marshal, and broke the left heel of a course marshal (felony assault).
Please come to court for the sentencing if you can to show support for the bicyclists and course marshals, and against the defendant’s unacceptable behavior.