A 31-year-old homeless man who went on a meth-fueled rampage in a stolen tractor-trailer March 30 in Hilo was sentenced Wednesday to probation and ordered to pay almost $80,000 in restitution.
Accessed on 08 October 2016, 04:10 hrs, UTC.
Reporter: John Burnett.
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Hilo Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura also sentenced Solomon Aloha Kepano to 18 months in jail with credit for time served since his arrest on 30 March 2016.
According to reporter John Burnett, Kepano who has no previous criminal record, could be released after serving at least six months in a drug-treatment program. He has been in jail since the night of the incident.
In a deal arranged by county prosecutors, Kepano pleaded no contest in September to first-degree theft, second-degree property damage, and three counts of second-degree reckless endangering. Kepano’s lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Patrick Munoz told the court that Kepano is “very remorseful for his actions…and sincerely wants to get the treatment that will help him change.”
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