By Minna Sugimoto:
A young man sentenced last month to 10 years in prison for a deadly drunken driving crash stood before the same judge Monday and asked her to reconsider.
Bryan Ekolu Miller, 21, sought a five-year prison term under Hawaii's youthful offender statute, or probation. The family of the passenger who was killed successfully fought that request.
Each time Lew and Karlotta Carvalho return to court, they're thrust back to that day in 2009 when their 23-year-old son, Waika, was killed.
"Unless you lose a child, you'll never know the pain," Lew Carvalho, crash victim's father, said through tears. "There's a hole in my heart that will never be filled."
The former Kahuku High football standout died when an intoxicated Bryan Ekolu Miller, then 19 years old, lost control of the truck they were in and slammed into a guardrail.