Waiehu man sentenced for grass theft

Waiehu man sentenced for grass theft

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A Maui County man charged in connection with the theft of more than 4,000 square feet of seashore grass has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.

The Maui News reports that 33-year-old Janden Jarnesky, of Waiehu, was sentenced after pleading no contest to theft and promotion of a dangerous drug. He was also ordered to serve five years of probation and pay nearly $7,700 in restitution.

Authorities say about $8,600 of grass was stolen from a Puunene sod farm on seven separate occasions between 2011 and 2012. Police say the grass was found in Jarnesky's yard.

The judge said Jarnesky told police he knew the grass was stolen but bought it anyway.

Jarnesky's attorney said his client has lived a "rough life" but wants to be a "law-abiding citizen."

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