James Pflueger finally sentenced for his crimes

Per someone who wrote to me on Facebook, James Pflueger has finally been sentenced for causing the deaths of seven people and one unborn child when his dam collapsed and drowned them all in the ensuing 350,000,000-gallon flood. The bodies of four of the victims were never found: Timothy Noonan, Carl Rotstein, Daniel Arroyo and a toddler, Rowan Dingwall, whose parents were also killed.

Pflueger’s sentence? SEVEN MONTHS IN PRISON. Seven months, plus five years’ probation, and a $7,000 fine which is pennies to him as he’s worth millions of dollars. That’s only one month and one thousand dollars per person killed (minus Christina MacNees’s baby). Pflueger’s company has already paid a $50,000 fine for each victim — money to go to the state. So one month in prison and $51,000 — that’s how much a person’s life is worth in the state of Hawaii, which is also partially responsible for what happened because they failed to perform required inspections on Pflueger’s dam. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.

7 thoughts on “James Pflueger finally sentenced for his crimes

  1. Becky October 21, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    This stuff makes me mad too, Megan! I feel for all the lost and missing people. Today I am thinking about Aurora, Fehring, Carl, Daniel, Timothy, little Rowan, Christina and her baby. Thanks for helping us remember them.

  2. Lia October 21, 2014 / 3:15 pm

    I live in Hawaii and the state government is a total joke. Many of the people in charge are extremely irresponsible, arrogant, and stupid. Can’t wait to move out of here lol.

  3. Mion October 21, 2014 / 5:20 pm

    Absolutely disgusting

  4. Lauren October 21, 2014 / 5:51 pm

    That’s Ridiculous!

  5. Mo October 21, 2014 / 11:19 pm

    They should charge him with multiple charges of some type of murder charge instead. How could he be so selfish? I’m reminded of a mudslide that occurred here in Washington near where I live this spring. Some woman had a bunch of houses built in an area that was at high risk for a massive mudslide. She had already passed away before the mudslide occurred, so she can’t be charged. However, the county never did the type of check ups they were supposed to be, so it’s also really their fault. Like fifty people died in the mudslide. They said they didn’t think they would be able to recover all victims bodies, but they actually were able to.

  6. Kat October 23, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    If he does one minute I’ll eat the chair I’m sitting on. Money talks. Wasn’t he pleading advanced age and/or illness or something to get this trial put off before? Disgusting. I was so mad I couldn’t even comment for the last few days. I’d love to know where the rest of his money is going. Besides the lawyers. Can’t take it with him, or maybe he thinks he can. He’s nasty and there is probably a whole line of family behind him that think the same way. In response to Lia, I know what you mean but be aware you come mainland and I’ll challenge you to find one state govt. that isn’t a pain in the rear. It’s all flawed. And Mo, thanks for the update on the WA landslide, I was just wondering the other day if they had ever found everyone, it sort of disappeared from the national news, I especially remember that one family where the mom and one kids survived and they were looking for the rest.

    • Meaghan October 26, 2014 / 3:41 pm

      One of his sons is doing 15 months in federal prison for tax evasion. What a lovely family.

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