Lampton’s bail halved

LIHU’E — Bail was cut in half for the pilot of the sightseeing helicopter that crashed in September.

Glen Lampton’s bail was reduced from $100,000 to $50,000 Thursday by Fifth Circuit Court Chief Judge George Masuoka. The new bail amount was recommended by an official at the Kauai Intake Service Center.

Masuoka also granted Lampton’s request to leave Kaua’i pending trial. Lampton lives in Las Vegas.

A jury trial is set for July 24.

Lampton was at the controls of a Heli USA Airways helicopter Sept. 23 when it met rough weather. The helicopter crashed in the ocean several hundred yards off Ha’ena Point.

Lampton was indicted last month on three counts of manslaughter, and additional charges.

He is accused of recklessly causing the deaths of two visitors from Portland, Maine, and a visitor from Beloit, Wis. Lampton and two other visitors survived the crash.

Additional charges filed against Lampton include recklessly endangering the lives of two visitors from Beloit, Wis., who survived the crash.

Lampton also faces one count of falsifying records, and one count of tampering with evidence, according to court records.

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