Pflueger sentencing delayed again due to poor health

James Pflueger
James Pflueger

Sentencing for retired auto dealer James Pflueger has been delayed again due to medical reasons.

The 87-year-old was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, but both the court and Pflueger’s attorney confirm his sentencing has been continued to accommodate an upcoming medical procedure.

In July 2013, Pflueger pleaded no contest to reckless endangerment in connection with the 2006 Ka Loko dam break. He is accused of altering the dam’s spillway, causing it to burst during heavy rains. Seven people were killed.

The no contest plea means Pflueger will serve five years probation, but the state could still argue that he do community service, pay a fine or serve a year behind bars.

This is the second time Pflueger’s sentencing has been delayed. It was continued back in January after attorneys and his doctor said he was too sick to travel. He was being treated for a heart condition and skin cancer.

A new date has been set for August 28.

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