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Woman sentenced to 10 years in store robbery

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A woman convicted of robbing a Hilo clothing store has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The Hawaii Tribune Herald reports Tia Nohealani Menino pleaded guilty in October to robbing the Rainbow-Jo women's clothing boutique and Tiny Bubbles baby clothing boutique at gunpoint last January.

A store clerk told police Menino brandished a gun while taking money from the cash registers of the stores that share space in downtown Hilo.

She also demanded money from the clerk's purse.

The clerk took a cellphone photo of the pickup Menino drove and identified her in a photo lineup.

Court documents said Menino told police she "just did something stupid" because she owed money to her boyfriend.

Menino apologized Monday at the sentencing hearing.

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