LIHU‘E — A Mother’s Day altercation has finally been resolved with a probation sentencing for a Kapa‘a man.
Buddy V.K.K. Lizama, 33, was arrested the afternoon of May 8, after a reported altercation with his spouse. He was indicted for family abuse and harassment on June 6.
At the Oct. 20 sentencing hearing 5th Circuit Chief Judge Randal Valenciano cautioned counsel for Lizama that he was having difficulty with the statements. He said the information conflicted with the admission of guilt in the plea deal and he asked the defendant if he would rather go to trial.
Lizama consulted with State Public Defending Attorney John Calma and said no, he wished to enter his change of plea and accept sentencing.
The prosecution read the account that said Lizama, his wife and children were driving home from a Mother’s Day brunch when apparently, it was discovered that a purse had been left behind and it contained Lizama’s wallet.
Both Lizama and his wife had apparently been drinking and an argument ensued. Lizama, apparently in anger, attempted to throw a dozen long-stemmed roses out the passenger window but inadvertently struck his wife.
The prosecution noted that witness testimony told a different story.
Two of the three children agreed with the father’s story and one did not.
A bus driver and other witnesses also testified with information conflicting with the story.
The state dropped the family abuse charge and Lizama pleaded guilty to the remaining charge of harassment on July 12.
Valenciano said the account was troubling and said he believed that drinking was the source of the domestic issues. He said it was more disturbing that all of this happened in front of the children.
He ordered time served for Lizama, along with probation, an alcohol and drug assessment and anger management.