Former prison guard sentenced following 2012 gun incident

Damon Pavao

A former Waiawa Correctional Facility guard received his sentence on Tuesday for a gun-related incident that happened last year.

Honolulu Police say in March 2012, Damon Pavao fired multiple gunshots from his home in Pearl City.

The incident forced police to shut down Waimano Home Road and access to Pacific Palisades for three hours while they negotiated with Pavao to surrender.

Pavao joined the Department of Public Safety in 1998 and was fired after the incident.

In April 2012, Pavao pleaded guilty to reckless endangering and drug charges.

On Tuesday, Judge Kim sentenced Pavao to one year probation for reckless endangerment.

Under the terms of his plea, Pavao cannot own any firearms or ammunition.

To make sure Pavo stays out of trouble, a review hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 17.

If he stays out of trouble for five years, Pavao could have his record wiped clean.

He also wants his job back as a corrections officer – but that decision will be made by an arbitration panel.

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