by Gary Hunter
Brian Freitas, a former guard was sentenced to one year probation for his part in the death of Antonio Revera, a prisoner at Halawa prison in Hawaii.
Revera was beaten to death in 1998 after he bit a sergeant at the prison. Although other guards were involved, Freitas was the only one charged in the incident.
He is still being used as a scapegoat, Freitas father said of the conviction. The evidence showed that corrections officers were present before Brian arrived.
Freitas was apologetic but continued to proclaim his innocence. Im really sorry about the situation that happened, but I just went over there to do my job, he said.
Charges against Freitas have been on hold for seven years. This fact influenced the decision of Judge Dexter Del Rosario to impose probation. The judge also noted that Freitas had given up drinking, remained actively employed and had the support of his family and church.
Reveras family had also received a $250,000 settlement from the state as previously reported in PLN.
Now I can go on with my life and can go ahead and provide for my family and live a normal life again, said Freitas.
Unfortunately, Antonio Revera cannot say the same.
Source: KITV-4 News; The Hawaii Channel
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