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Man gets 5 years for damaging statue of King Kamehameha I

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    William Roy Carroll III, 32, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for damaging Hilo’s statue of King Kamehameha the Great.

A 32-year-old man, who damaged Hilo’s statue of King Kamehameha the Great and hid the top portion of its bronze spear, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison, according to the Hawaii Tribune Herald.

A jury in May convicted William Roy Carroll III of second- and third-degree theft and second-degree criminal property damage.

The 6-foot portion of the spear was reported missing from the statue by a tour guide on Labor Day, Sept. 6. The spear and a section of heavy chain stolen from nearby Bayfront Motors that apparently was used to break the spear was found two days later by police in an overgrown, grassy area along a flood canal near the statue.

Carroll, who has been in custody at Hawaii Community Correctional Center for almost a year, will receive credit for time served.

The statue, located near downtown Hilo in the Wailoa River State Park, is one of four statues of King Kamehameha I. The other three are located in Kohala on the Big Island, in downtown Honolulu and in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

Big Island Deputy Prosecutor Haaheo Kahoohalahala said Carroll, who was awaiting trial in Honolulu for a felony drug charge, DUI and driving without a license, violated a court order by leaving Oahu and vandalizing the statue, the newspaper reported.

“Those offenses were committed less than two days after he arrived on the Big Island,” Kahoohalahala said. “… Whatever the state offered the defendant prior to trial was rejected by the defendant, and so it should no longer be considered. The state gave the defendant the opportunity to take responsibility for what he did, but he did not, and he refuses to take any responsibility for his own actions.”

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      • It depends a lot on what happens/happened with the Honolulu felony drug & DUI cases mentioned in the article that he had pending trial at the time of this offense.

        Convicted defendant’s usually don’t serve the full term of their sentences, unless they committed a serious violent offense and did everything possible wrong while in prison. He’ll probably be out in less than 5 and given the description of his attitude, will end up right back in court/jail.

    • “PGKEMP” … I was going to say the same thing … “fiveo” is right in that we’ll be hearing his name again after he’s out of jail. Looks like a person w/ real issues

    • Per HPA website: FY 2015 average minimum sentence for murder was 41.93 years, with a range of 15 – 50 years. An average of 41.93 years will tell you that a majority of the minimum terms were set closer to the 50 year range. A minimum term is the amount of time an inmate must serve before becoming eligible for parole. How is this less than five years? What’s more upsetting to me is that the guy that robbed the pharmacy at gunpoint and who was prosecuted in federal court only got one year more than the guy that damaged the statue.

        • And just last month, a case regarding a dui hit/run/killed someone guy got 30 days in jail and 4 years probation. Wow.

  • Five years for 2nd and 3rd degree theft as well as criminal property damage…1 year credited….But Wait, it gets better…still has to go to trial for “… a felony drug charge, DUI and driving without a license, violated a court order by leaving Oahu…” This guy won’t be around for a while.

  • If ever a photo describe the subject matter his does! Nothing redeeming in this individual, just throw in in jail and the key also. In the ole days they exiled this type to “devils island” a steaming jungle prison. Inhumane, not so for the likes of this type?

  • This is an excessive penalty for property damage, particularly since the missing part of the spear was recovered so it could be mended. Moreover, the statue is neither unique nor ancient — this wasn’t exactly damaging something handed down from kingdom days. There are vehicular homicides and manslaughters that get less time than this case of property damage.

    Sure, it was senseless and insulting, but the punishment should fit the crime. This is overkill.

  • 5 years for stealing a metal spear and the ” Butcher of Benghazi” gets a free walk. Maybe if she was here, this judge would have found her guilty and given her a 5 year sentence.

  • Agree that the sentence seems unusually harsh for an act of vandalism when people who commit far greater crimes routinley get off with a slap on the wrist. The so-called justice system is completely nuts. People who have the money and/or connections can buy their way out.

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