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LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -
men each face possible sentences of more than a century for their roles in
numerous property crimes.
Thursday, April 18, Aron Nagao changed his plea from not guilty to no contest
to 15 felony charges in 12 separate cases. Nagao appeared in front of Chief
Judge Randal G.B. Valenciano.
was charged in connection with a string of burglaries, car break-ins and thefts
that took place between August and September of 2012, from Hanama‘ulu to
sentenced to the maximum period of incarceration, Nagao could be sentenced to
over 100 years in state prison. His sentencing is scheduled for August 8 at 8
Cortez, charged as a co-defendant in several of Nagao's cases, also faces a
lengthy prison sentence for his involvement in a number of property crimes. On
February 14, Cortez entered guilty or no contest pleas to 17 felonies.
sentenced to the maximum term Cortez could also face more than a century in
state prison. His sentencing is scheduled for May 9.
Attorney Justin F. Kollar stated, "It is our hope that our efforts make a safer
community. We will continue to vigorously prosecute these offenders until the
message is received that every individual in our community deserves to feel
safe in their own home."