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Oahu man gets ten years for copper theft

Richard Kawana Richard Kawana
Joseph Tano Joseph Tano

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Oahu man at the center of a copper theft ring, learned his fate Friday. Joseph Tano was sentenced to ten years, for criminal conspiracy to commit theft and money laundering, under a plea deal.

He was one of three main members of a copper theft ring. Tano made a brief apology in court. His lawyer says, Tano ran into trouble after he got laid off.

"What happened unfortunately is what has happened to a number of people in our community. Our economy has turned sour, he was laid off from his job as a body repair man. He couldn't pay his mortgage. His wife basically had a mental breakdown, and he actually became homeless" said defense attorney Richard Kawana.

Tano is the last of the three to be sentenced. "Freeway Jimmy" and his wife were the other two main players. They also got ten years in prison.

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