Slayer’s sentence grows by 15 years
A drug case puts more time on the term of an off-duty sheriff's killer
A state judge added a 15-year sentence in a drug case yesterday onto Patrick Lorenzo's prison term of life plus 130 years for killing an off-duty deputy sheriff at a Kapiolani Boulevard restaurant bar.
More years are added to the sentence he is serving for a 2007 killing
Circuit Judge Karl Sakamoto sentenced Lorenzo, 33, to the maximum 10 years in prison for promoting a dangerous drug in the second degree and five years for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Lorenzo pleaded no contest to the drug and paraphernalia charges as well as to possessing marijuana and driving while under the influence of drugs in July 2006.
Sakamoto ordered both sentences to run back to back and added to the sentence he imposed in March for Lorenzo's involvement in the fatal shooting last year.
Lorenzo is serving the life-plus-130-years sentence for second-degree murder, reckless endangering, kidnapping, using a firearm to commit the crimes and felony firearm possession. Sakamoto imposed the maximum terms for each of the crimes and ordered them to run back to back after a jury found Lorenzo guilty in the February 2007 killing of off-duty Deputy Sheriff Daniel Browne-Sanchez, who was working at Osake Sushi Bar & Lounge.
Lorenzo was back in court yesterday for a new sentencing because the state Intermediate Court of Appeals found his original sentence of 30 years in prison for the drug and paraphernalia convictions was illegal because it was Sakamoto and not a jury that found Lorenzo eligible for the extended terms of 20 years and 10 years for the two crimes.