Pflueger accepts plea deal in Kauai dam breach
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A retired car dealer is pleading no contest to reckless endangering in a Kauai dam breach that swept seven people to their deaths in 2006.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://ow.ly/n6Hm7 ) reports that in exchange for James Pflueger’s plea Thursday, state prosecutors agree to drop seven manslaughter counts.
The 87-year-old landowner faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced Jan. 23.
Seven people swept from their homes after the century-old Ka Loko dam broke on Pflueger’s property upstream.
One of the accusations against Pflueger was that the dam’s emergency spillway, designed to keep water from flowing over the dam, had been covered. He has repeatedly denied that he had the spillway filled. An independent investigator concluded the lack of a spillway caused or contributed to the failure.