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Ex-Hilo inmate sues for being locked up longer than sentence

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Hilo man is suing the state Department of Public Safety over false imprisonment allegations after he says he was held in jail longer than his court-imposed sentence.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that Byron Mitsuo Miyashiro's lawsuit says he was held against his will for an extra two months. He's seeking at least $40,000 in damages.

Miyashiro had been given a one-year sentence in February 2014 after a DUI conviction and was given credit for time served.

Court records say he had been in custody since his November 2013 arrest, but wasn't released until January 2015.

DPS spokeswoman Toni Schwartz wouldn't comment on the suit, citing the pending litigation, but said an internal investigation into the matter is ongoing.

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