Woman serves year for robbery of man

WAILUKU – A Lahaina woman was released from jail Tuesday after serving a one-year jail term for her role in the robbery of a man near the Lahaina Jodo Mission last year.

Amber Gonnelly, 19, had pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of third-degree theft in the case.

Her attorney, Jon Apo, said that Gonnelly realizes she needs treatment for substance abuse.

“The key to her success on probation as well as her future is keeping that in check, as well as finding the right people to hang out with,” Apo said.

In sentencing Gonnelly, 2nd Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza said he was concerned about Gonnelly associating with people who aren’t clean and sober.

“If you go back to your normal pattern, you will be back here soon,” Cardoza told her. “On the other hand, if you take advantage of the opportunity to get things squared away . . . you’ll have a chance.

“A big, big trigger for you is who you hang out with and where you hang out.”

The robbery was reported the evening of Oct. 5, 2012, while Rey Tadena was doing volunteer work near the Lahaina Jodo Mission.

Tadena said that a car driven by Amber Gonnelly pulled up, and he was approached by her then-boyfriend and passenger Jayson Auld, who asked for the rest of the money owed for a pool cue stick that Tadena had bought from Gonnelly in September.

Even though Tadena learned that the cue stick had been stolen and returned it to its owner, he gave Auld the $40 he still owed before Auld put him in a chokehold and signaled passenger Keola Chung-Dyson to grab Tadena’s waistpack, Tadena testified at Auld’s trial.

Auld, 23, is serving a 10-year prison term after being convicted of second-degree robbery in the case.

Chung-Dyson, 36, was placed on five years’ probation.

Gonnelly remains on probation for unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle in another case.