30 days jail for stolen rifle

A 28-year-old man pleaded no contest and received 30 days in jail and probation for stealing a rifle out of someone’s boat.

Judge Kathleen Watanabe sentenced Clembert Kaneholani Wednesday on a felony theft charge in a 5th Circuit courtroom. Kaneholani was given credit for time served — 33 days — meaning he had completed his jail stint by sentencing. He was put on four years probation.

Kaneholani stole a rifle out of a boat that was parked in front a someone’s house, said Justin Kollar, prosecuting attorney.

“He was later apprehended and charged for the theft and for having the firearm in a place he was not supposed to have it,” Kollar said.

Kaneholani was also ordered pay $255 in courts fines.

Watanabe asked Kaneholani if he wanted to go back to lockup to gather his things or if he would rather leave from the courtroom.

Kaneholani said he was ready to leave from the courtoom.

Public Defender Stephanie Sato said she is happy how her client’s case turned out.

“I think the case was resolved appropriately,” Sato said. “He has no convictions. From the get-go, he knew he messed up and just wanted to do the right thing.”

Kaneholani is scheduled back in court for an Oct. 21 hearing to discuss restitution on the stolen firearm.


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