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.