WAILUKU - A man who was arrested after he was seen walking down South Kihei Road with a stolen shotgun was sentenced Oct. 8 to a six-month jail term.
Evan Waldron, 22, also was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service as part of four years' probation.
He had pleaded no contest to first-degree theft, second-degree theft and third-degree theft of the shotgun and other property taken when a home on North Alaniu Place in Kihei was burglarized in the early-morning hours of May 8.
The homeowner, speaking in court Oct. 8, said the shotgun was stolen from under the bed where he was sleeping. He said a cellphone was stolen from the nightstand next to his bed.
His property was returned undamaged, he said.
But, "the total event left a feeling of having been violated, needing more physical protection," he said.
The crime was discovered when a police officer saw Waldron walking on the road at 2:29 that morning and carrying what resembled a rifle case, said Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Temas.
"The officer, fortunately, stopped the defendant, who immediately stated, 'There's a gun in the case,' " Temas said.
In addition to the Remington shotgun, the case contained a cellphone, two Kindle tablets, two computer hard drives and a set of keys, Temas said.
Waldron, who was homeless, told police he had found the gun case in the brush and was heading to the police station to report the discovery, he said. At first, Waldron also claimed that the cellphone was his, Temas said.
"This poses a danger to the community - walking around in the middle of the night with a shotgun that's stolen," Temas said.
In court, Waldron apologized "for the physical and psychological damage I caused."
He asked to be released from jail Tuesday and to be sentenced as a drug-related property offender, saying there was space for him in a residential drug treatment program in early December. "This is the first time I'm going to be getting into treatment," Waldron said.
While denying Waldron's request to be sentenced as a drug-related offender, 2nd Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza followed a plea agreement by ordering the jail term and probation.
He said records showed that Waldron had done well in school and had the ability to accomplish much but also has had encounters with the criminal justice system. Waldron had left another state before he was sentenced in a case, Cardoza said.
Waldron was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to write letters apologizing to the victims.
He was given credit for about five months he has already spent in jail.
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