2nd suspect pleads guilty in January robbery of Koloa Chevron

LIHU‘E — A second defendant has pleaded guilty in the Koloa Chevron robbery in January.

Josiah K. Kaluna, 18, of Koloa, pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery and fourth-degree criminal property damage on Wednesday in 5th Circuit Court. The plea deal has the state dismissing an attempted second-degree theft and two third-degree assault charges.

The plea deal amended a first-degree robbery charge that would have carried a heavier penalty than the possible 10 years prison sentence and a $25,000 fine with the second-degree charge. The property damage charge is a petty misdemeanor that carries a possible 30 day jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.

In his statement to the court, Kaluna said that he understood what he did was wrong. “I feel remorse,” he said.

His attorney, State Deputy Public Defender Stephanie Sato, requested an updated bail study prior to the sentencing that is scheduled for Oct. 3.

County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Melinda Mendes represented the state. She said Kaluna was one of the defendants who struck and kicked the store manager.

Judge Kathleen N. A. Watanabe noted that Kaluna has no prior adult record. The terms of the plea deal have the state recommending a 10-year sentence and allowing Kaluna to request probation.

The first co-defendant, Clarence Montgomery Ka-Ne II, 21, of Koloa, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree robbery on Monday. It also was a reduced charge, and the state dropped an attempted second-degree theft charge.

Ka-Ne is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 26. The court will decide on a motion for a deferred acceptance of the guilty plea and probation at the hearing.

Ka-Ne was placed on supervised release on Tuesday. The judge said the motion was approved for the defendant’s good behavior and cooperation, in addition to the terms that require daily contact with the probation officers.

The remaining two defendants, Mason Noah Saio, 20, of Kalaheo, and Kalai Hans Vicente, 18, of Kapa‘a, have new trial dates set for July 30. The two are held at Kaua‘i County Correctional Center on $100,000 bail and will be in court again July 26 for motions to suppress evidence related to their police lineup.

The four defendants are being tried separately for the Jan. 4 robbery that included theft and property damage. Each was charged with first-degree robbery and attempted second-degree theft.

In addition, the defendants allegedly assaulted the store manager while others smashed items, stole cash, alcohol, cigarettes and other items.


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