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Man sentenced for punching suspected shoplifter

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A bystander who punched a suspected Maui shoplifter was spared a jail sentence but ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

The Maui News reports 27-year-old Paul-Keola Solomon Maielua was originally charged with felony assault in the Dec. 4, 2013, incident but was allowed to plead no contest last week to misdemeanor assault.

Prosecutors say Maielua saw a man trying to steal liquor from a supermarket and fighting with the manager.

Maielua later saw the man hiding liquor in his clothing at another store.

Deputy prosecutor Jeffery Temas says Maielua decided to stop the crime and hit the man with a single punch, but it caused extensive facial fracturing.

Deputy public defender Jared Brickey called his client a "good Samaritan" but acknowledged that Maileau overreacted.

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