Car Thief Involved in Police Pursuit Sentenced

HONOLULU (KHNL) - An auto thief convicted for his role in a police pursuit that included gunfire and a 12-car pileup learns his punishment.

An Oahu judge sentenced Patrick Masaoka to 26 years in prison Monday. The incident happened on Kalanianaole Highway in Kahala in December 2005.

The Hawaii parole board will decide how much time Masaoka must serve before he's eligible for early release.