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.”