17 Nov 2005

Plea deal in road death case stuns people in American Samoa

5:04 pm on 17 November 2005

There is disbelief in American Samoa over a plea deal reached in a case involving a veteran police officer who'd been charged with vehicular homicide.

Lieutenant Lanu Mapu killed a man crossing the street last March, but this week he pleaded no contest to reckless driving causing bodily injury.

Our correspondent, Monica Miller, says such a plea deal hasn't been made before, and people are surprised.

"Because they know that it was very serious crime. A person was killed in this accident and compared to other similar cases there have been no such plea agreements like this."

She says Mapu faces one year in prison and a fine of 1000 dollars instead of up to five years jail.