Hawaii man sentenced in 2016 crime spree on Kauai
Sep. 13, 2018
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii man who went a one-day crime spree on Kauai after escaping a correctional facility was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.
Walter Mills, 45, was sentenced Tuesday for the Nov. 3, 2016 crimes that included robberies of a bank and a pharmacy, The Garden Island reported .
Mills escaped from the Kauai Community Correctional Center in Wailua, and the next day he visited the First Hawaiian Bank in Lihue, U.S. Attorney Kenji Price said.
He handed the bank teller a note: "This is a robbery I have a gun count all the money in the drawer no die pack or mark money."
Mills received $480 in cash, which he used to buy a BB gun. With the BB gun, he then committed a series of carjackings, according to the federal prosecutor.
On one of the carjackings, Mills demanded the driver to take him to a pharmacy in Koloa, where he demanded painkillers. He continued on the crime spree until his arrest outside Kokee Lodge later that day.
"I have to look at the safety of the community. The community is not safe when you are out and about," U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor said at sentencing.
Mills was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release and to pay $630 in restitution.
Earlier this year, Mills was sentenced to five and six years in prison for two separate thefts in 2015. These sentences will run concurrently.
Information from: The Garden Island, http://thegardenisland.com/