Kauai fugitive faces years in jail after arrest

Sharilyn Ozonko
Sharilyn Ozonko

LIHUE (HawaiiNewsNow) - On February 15, Kauai fugitive Sharilyn Ozonko was arrested on a $101,000 bench warrant near the Lihue Lighthouse according to Kauai authorities.

She appeared before Judge Randal Valenciano on February 16, where she admitted that she failed to show for her November 17, 2011 sentencing hearing because she was afraid of being incarcerated.  The Judge sentenced Ozonko to five years of probation and ordered her to serve one year in jail with credit for time already served.

Ozonko, 27, had previously entered a no contest plea to one count of Theft in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony, for stealing more than $1,400 worth of jewelry from a Koloa retail store in May 2011.

Her sentencing was set for November 17, 2011, however she failed to appear at the hearing.  The Honorable Judge Randal Valenciano issued a warrant for her arrest and set bail in the amount of $101,000 cash.

While Ozonko's theft case is now closed, the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney filed an additional charge of Bail Jumping in the First Degree, a class C felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison, alleging that she knowingly failed to appear at the November 17, 2011 sentencing hearing.  Ozonko pled not guilty and her case is set for jury trial on May 21, 2012.

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