Victim of armed robbery helps attacker get reduced sentence

Victim of armed robbery helps attacker get reduced sentence

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A man charged with robbing a Canadian tourist at gunpoint last year had a few years shaved off his prison term thanks to his victim who asked the court for leniency.

The Maui News reports Joseph Planesi-Kauhola was given a 20-year prison sentence Thursday and must serve at least 10 years before he's eligible for parole. As part of a plea agreement, the prosecution and defense recommended the 10-year minimum term instead of the more than 13 years Planesi-Kauhola faced.

The 33-year-old man had pleaded no contest to robbery for taking a wallet, cellphone and van from Quebec resident Pierre Pilon, who had agreed to give him a ride.

The judge read a letter from Pilon seeking leniency for Planesi-Kauhola so he could "have good years with his family."

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