HONOLULU (KHNL) -- An Oahu metal recycler, who pleaded no contest to copper law violations, learned her punishment Monday.
Kyung Hee Chon asked for a deferral, so she could have a chance to wipe her record clean. But the judge denied her request, saying copper thefts are having a significant impact on our communities.
Kalihi police stormed Chon's business, Aiea Recycling on Dillingham Boulevard, twice last year. Prosecutors say an undercover officer managed to sell a large spool of copper wire, clearly belonging to Hawaiian Electric Company, to her.
Before sentencing, the 44-year-old apologized through an interpreter.
"Your honor, I'm very sorry about what happened and about the whole situation," she said through tears. "I'm very, very sorry."