Pukalani man sentenced to one year in jail for theft conviction

WAILUKU — A judge denied a man’s request to be released from jail to enter drug treatment, sentencing him Tuesday to a one-year jail term for theft.

Dane Guyre Allen, 30, of Pukalani acknowledged that he had violated court requirements when he had been released on bail and supervision while his case was pending.

“I’m sorry about the decisions I have made,” he said in court. “If I had another chance, I would do it correct this time.”

“Why should I give you a chance?” 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill asked.

“This is the first time in six years I had Christmas and New Year’s sober,” Allen replied. “I really want a chance to start my life over.”

“Doesn’t that mean you should stay in custody more because you were sober at the facility?” Cahill said. “When you’re out, you abuse drugs, you’re a liar, you’re a thief, you’re a bad person. And when you’re in custody, you’re not.”

Cahill noted that Allen had been given many chances, each time saying he would follow through with court requirements.

“This is the same story you gave me every single time you came in here — the whining, the crying, the carrying on, the promises, none of which you’ve kept,” the judge told Allen. “Your track record is telling me you’re not going to comply.”

In two cases, Allen had pleaded no contest to second-degree theft and first-degree bail jumping.

According to court records, the theft occurred Nov. 20, 2016, when Allen left Costco without paying for $1,738 in merchandise that he had hidden in boxes when he walked out of the store. He was stopped at the entrance, leaving behind most of the merchandise as he fled, according to police.

He was charged with bail jumping after he didn’t show up for a court hearing July 18.

As part of his sentence Tuesday, Allen was placed on four years’ probation.

He was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to complete residential drug treatment when he finishes serving his jail term.

Allen was ordered not to go to Costco in Kahului and its surrounding parking lots, including its gas station.