LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two men each face possible sentences of more than a century for their roles in numerous property crimes.
On 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.
Nagao 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 Kapa'a.
If 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 a.m.
Kamron 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.
If sentenced to the maximum term Cortez could also face more than a century in state prison. His sentencing is scheduled for May 9.
Prosecuting 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."