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Man put on probation, will be allowed to return to Guyana

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man is being allowed to leave the state after he was sentenced Tuesday to four years’ probation for felony firearms offenses.

Keith Richmond, 33, was to be released from jail Thursday so he could take a flight to New York, then continue on the next day to his native Guyana, said his attorney, John Parker.

“This is a little bit unusual,” 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill said in imposing the sentence on Richmond, who had spent more than 10 months in jail.

Richmond had pleaded no contest to possessing a loaded firearm on a public highway, keeping a firearm in an improper place, not having a permit to acquire a firearm, altering identification marks on a firearm and abuse by not complying with a warning citation.

He was arrested July 21 after he argued with family members, then went to his vehicle and returned with a .22-caliber pistol, according to police. Officers reported finding the loaded firearm in Richmond’s vehicle, which was parked on the street.

Cahill authorized Richmond to leave the county and state, “with the understanding he intends to leave the state and will be traveling to the country of Guyana.”

He would be required to report to the probation department if he doesn’t leave the state or returns, Cahill said.

Richmond said he would live with his sisters in Guyana.

A June 24 hearing was set to verify whether Richmond had arrived in Guyana. His probation could be terminated if he is verified to be in Guyana.

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