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Felon sentenced to prison for truck theft

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man who was on probation when he was caught driving a stolen truck was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison.

As a repeat offender, Andrew Flood was ordered to serve at least one year and eight months of the term before being eligible for parole.

Flood, 28, who had no local address, pleaded no contest to unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and habitual property crime for having two prior felony convictions within 10 years of his latest arrest May 21.

The victim had parked his truck at a beach in Kihei, leaving it running with the key in the ignition, when he went to the bathroom, said Deputy Prosecutor Shelly Miyashiro. When the owner returned a few minutes later, the truck was gone.

He called his grandson, who found the truck with Flood behind the wheel shortly afterward, Miyashiro said.

Flood had tried to be admitted into the Maui Drug Court program of treatment and supervision but wasn’t allowed in because his criminal record includes a violent offense, said Deputy Public Defender Selina Swatek.

In a 2016 case, Flood was convicted of two counts of second-degree robbery, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, attempted unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, second-degree theft, second-degree criminal property damage and first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, according to court records.

In January 2017, Flood was sentenced to probation in the case that involved car-jacking a tourist’s rental car in Kihei. He was resentenced to probation in March 2018 before his probation was revoked again. On Jan. 30, Flood was resentenced to 10- and five-year prison terms to be served at the same time.

In court Tuesday, Flood said he had been clean since being in jail for almost a year for his longest period of sobriety.

“There’s an irony to that,” 2nd Circuit Judge Richard Bissen said in sentencing Flood.

He will serve the prison terms in both cases at the same time.