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10-year sentence for knifepoint robbery of camping tourists

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a knifepoint robbery of two tourists camping on the Big Island.

Tyler Kamanao Taylor previously pleaded guilty to the 2013 robbery at Kolekole Beach Park.

Prosecutors say Rayna Macher of San Mateo, California and Daniel Toman of San Francisco were asleep when Taylor pretended to be a park ranger and entered their tent.

Macher says the intruder ripped through their tent with a knife and ransacked their belongings, taking items including wallets, a laptop, cellphones and a camera.

Prosecutors say Taylor fled in the Ford Mustang Macher rented.

Defense attorney Justin Haspe says his client was addicted to methamphetamine and was smoking the drug daily.

Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Taylor didn't speak at his sentencing earlier this week.

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