Hawaii man sentenced in 2016 crime spree on Kauai

Hawaii man sentenced in 2016 crime spree on Kauai
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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaii man who went a one-day crime spree on Kauai after escaping a correctional facility was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.

The Garden Island reports 45-year-old Walter Mills was sentenced Tuesday for the November 2016 crimes that included robberies of a bank and a pharmacy.

U.S. Attorney Kenji Price says Mills escaped from the Kauai Community Correctional Center in Wailua, and the next day he visited the First Hawaiian Bank in Lihue. He handed the bank teller a note, demanding cash, which he then used to buy a BB gun.

Mills used the BB gun in a series of carjackings, leading him to a pharmacy in Koloa where he stole pills. He was arrested later that day.

Mills will also have three years of supervised release.

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