Man gets 10 years in prison for series of crimes

Tyler Bond already on probation for previous cases

WAILUKU — A man who was convicted of stealing vehicles and possessing drugs after being released from jail in “a series of revolving doors” was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison.

Tyler Bond, 27, of Kihei had been on probation in cases from 2015 when he committed his latest crimes.

“Since 2015, whenever he’s out in the community, he commits crimes,” said Deputy Prosecutor Mike Kagami, who argued for a prison sentence.

After being placed on probation in 2015 in two abuse cases, Bond was arrested for second-degree theft eight months later, Kagami said. He said Bond was again placed on probation before committing crimes in two 2017 cases.

He posted bond to be released in those cases when he was arrested in two 2018 cases.

Bond asked for another chance on probation.

While in jail for the past two years, Bond has stayed in contact with two long-term residential treatment programs on Oahu that had accepted him, said defense attorney Gina Gormley.

She said Bond had an unstable upbringing and mental health issues that he had dealt with by self-medicating.

While he has completed shorter treatment programs, he hasn’t been in long-term treatment, she said.

Letters to the court showed Bond had support from his family and friends, said defense attorney Cody Minatodani.

“There’s more to Tyler than the contacts with the law,” she said.

She said Bond has reevaluated his life over the past two years. “He wants to give instead of just taking,” she said. “He wants to do instead of just talking.”

In four criminal cases, Bond had pleaded no contest to first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, third-degree theft, two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, second-degree theft, second-degree promoting of a dangerous drug and second-degree attempted promoting of a dangerous drug. The crimes occurred from April 2017 to March 2018 and involved the theft of a 1989 Toyota truck, 2007 Kawasaki Ninja and 2012 Kawasaki motorcycle, according to court records.

Bond didn’t commit any of the crimes alone but was with others, said defense attorney Matthew Nardi. “It’s when he hangs out with his friends,” Nardi said. “I think he’s trying to get acceptance.”

Bond said he wanted to work, go to school and spend time with his mother.

“The life I was living before — I have left that in the past,” he said.

Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill noted that in 2016, Bond was sentenced to a six-month jail term as part of four years’ probation for theft before having the jail time reduced to 125 days. Soon after his release, he faced revocation of his probation for not reporting to his probation officer.

“And then we have a series of revolving doors in which he’s arrested, bonds out, arrested, bails out,” Cahill said. “During the last sequence, he commits the crimes.

“At some point, the enabling needs to stop. That enabling allowed this young man, who has significant preexisting problems, to commit crimes.

“There is nothing that indicates any empathy for any of the victims. If anything, it’s all about Mr. Bond.”

In a portion of a letter to the judge, Bond wrote, “You have the key to my freedom.”

“My name is Peter, but I don’t have the keys to the kingdom and I don’t have the keys to your freedom, either,” Cahill said to Bond. “You have the keys to your freedom. When you put that key in the door, you didn’t open the door. You locked it behind you.

“It was all on you and you have not demonstrated the ability to keep yourself in control.”

Bond was ordered to pay $6,512 in restitution.

In his 2015 cases, he was resentenced to five years in prison for theft and one-year in jail for each of his abuse convictions. He will serve all the prison terms at the same time.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.


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