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Elusive 'Gingerbread Man' sentenced to 20 years in prison

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A career criminal who earned the nickname "The Gingerbread Man" because of his propensity for running from police was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple felony charges.

Prosecutors had previously asked a judge to hold Amery Kahale-Sugimura without bail, fearing he would make another attempt to evade authorities. 

“You have squandered all of that way. That’s it," said Circuit Court Judge Dean Ochiai. "I have no more chances to give.”

Records show the 38-year-old has 85 prior arrests, as well as 22 convictions, including several for burglary, drug and gun crimes, as well as for stealing multiple cars and motorcycles.

Kahale-Sugimura was shot by police in 2013 after a violent home invasion at an Aiea home. In 2014, he was arrested for violating the terms of his release, and a year later he was arrested after being caught on a stolen motorcycle.

He was arrested on nearly $1.5 million in warrants last month after a dramatic, two-hour standoff in Waianae.

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