Man who broke treasured windows at Iolani Palace sentenced

Published: May. 11, 2018 at 10:10 PM HST|Updated: May. 11, 2018 at 10:29 PM HST
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Michael Aquino, 57, arrested on Sunday.
Michael Aquino, 57, arrested on Sunday.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ten years behind bars. That's how long 58-year-old Michael Lawrence Aquino will serve for breaking highly-valued windows at Iolani Palace.

Aquino pleaded guilty to felony criminal property damage earlier this month after he broke windows that were more than a century old.

The value of those historic glass panes: $375,000.

It happened on May 28, 2017. The Department of the Attorney General said Aquino used a three-foot long metal pipe to break three palace door windows, which were detailed with intricate etchings and designs.

Photos from the scene show shattered glass littering the palace lanai on the mauka side of the building where the vandalism happened.

But after breaking the palace windows, Aquino didn't stop there.

Authorities say he then proceeded to the State Capitol building where he broke the glass in the door to the House of Representatives chambers.

"Iolani Palace is a cultural and historical treasure, and the State Capitol is an important public building. They are important symbols and resources for the community and should be protected from the kind of senseless vandalism that Mr. Aquino committed," Attorney General Russel Suzuki said.

As a part of the sentencing, Aquino was ordered to pay $29,598.45 in restitution to the Friends of Iolani Palace, and $4,714 to the state of Hawaii.

Prosecutors say Aquino has been in custody since the incident.

In 2014, two people were caught after surveillance cameras caught them breaking into the palace. A woman who was seen kicking the door in was sentenced to a year in jail.

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