WAILUKU - A 28-year-old Kihei woman was sentenced last week to six months in jail and five years' probation for stealing a vehicle, credit cards, cash and other personal items.
Second Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo also ordered Brandi Younger to pay $2,340 in restitution and write letters of apology to the victims. She was credited for time already served behind bars.
"Miss Younger, you really need to change your thinking at this point," Loo said during sentencing.
Loo pointed out that in the stolen vehicle case, Younger had said she thought the vehicle belonged to her boyfriend.
Younger pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree theft, three counts of credit card theft, two counts of credit card fraud and three counts of identification theft. A first-degree burglary charge was dismissed.
In another case, she pleaded no contest to unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.
One case stems from an incident from July 22 to 23, 2010, when Younger broke into a Kihei apartment and stole items from people she knew, including a computer, wallets, cash, gift cards and identification.
Deputy Prosecutor Jeffrey Temas said Younger used the cards to purchase groceries and a gift card from Foodland in Kihei.
Also this past spring, Younger admitted to driving a vehicle that wasn't hers, Temas said.
Loo granted Younger a chance to clear her record if she successfully completes probation.
In other unrelated court matters last week, 22-year-old Royce Ching of Wailuku was ordered to serve five years' probation and pay a $1,000 fine for stealing a man's camera while he was shopping at Walmart in March.
Second Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza ordered Ching to stay away from Walmart, but he may be allowed on the premises for work as a driver for Pizza Hut.
"Make sure you don't get yourself into any other trouble," Cardoza told Ching.
Ching pleaded no contest to second-degree theft for an incident on March 14 in which he took a man's bag that contained a camera and camera equipment while the man was trying on shoes at Walmart, according to court records.
Also, 27-year-old Kevin Kamaile was ordered to serve five years' probation and pay a $100 fine for hunting without a license and illegally having a loaded firearm on Molokai in 2009.
Cardoza granted Kamaile a chance to clear his record if he successfully completes probation, and he was credited for 12 days already served in jail.
Kamaile was ordered to forfeit any items seized in the case as well as any hunting licenses.
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