The family of a motorcyclist killed on the H-1 Freeway last April must wait longer for justice to be served.
Chantel Andrade was driving an SUV near Waikele when she hit 25-year-old Keith Jantoc. She pleaded guilty to accident involving death or serious bodily injury in November.
On Wednesday, Judge Dean Ochiai granted a request to allow Andrade to complete a rehabilitation program at The Salvation Army’s Women’s Way facility in Kaimuki. She has been on supervised release since November
“We think she’ll be in a better position before the court if she were allowed to get a clinical discharge from Salvation Army,” said deputy public defender Donovan Odo. “She will transition from the residential portion in April. There will be therapeutic living community aftercare that is going to stretch into September.”
“I’m willing to continue till the end of clinical and then she comes directly. I don’t want any free time between then and sentencing,” the judge replied.
The decision sparked outcry from Jantoc’s family. Many left the courtroom frustrated and in tears.
“I wanted justice for my son. I want everyone to know, he didn’t deserve this,” said Jantoc’s mother, Sharon Jantoc. “This just hurts us because we thought we could at least get justice today… I can’t express this. There’s no words that I can express my anger, my hurt, and my pain. I can’t express it. I’m sorry. It’s endless.”
“It’s like there’s more compassion for the criminal than the victim, and the victim’s family,” said Jantoc’s uncle, Eiichi Jumawan. “We got family members that are suffering right now. I got a niece that can’t go to work. It’s like they have PTSD right now.”
None of it made any sense to the family, so KHON2 spoke to former city prosecutor Peter Carlisle about what happened at court.
“If she’s mentally sound to plead guilty, why is she not mentally sound to hear her sentencing?” we asked.
“I think what you need to do is take a look at how it’s progressed. She’s found to be capable of pleading guilty, but then she was basically put into a mental health regimen. They want her to complete it, and then that will allow the court to have a better understanding of what the next step to take,” replied Carlisle, adding that the decision is ultimately up to the judge.
“What makes the difference from receiving the sentencing today versus in September?” KHON2 asked.
“Part of it has to do with the recommendation of people evaluating the defendant. They’ll get more information from her current state of mind and what she’s doing to address it,” said Carlisle.
Andrade will face the court again on Sept. 6.