- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A man convicted of robbing two tourists by knifepoint while they camped on the Big Island two years ago has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Tyler Kamanao Taylor, 20, previously pleaded guilty to the pre-dawn robbery on Feb. 6, 2013, at Kolekole Beach Park.

Taylor’s court-appointed attorney, Justin Haspe, said Taylor had no previous criminal record and is sorry for what he did, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald newspaper reported (https://ow.ly/Lp1Qq ). At the time of the robbery, Taylor was addicted to methamphetamine and was smoking the drug daily, Haspe said.

Rayna Macher of San Mateo, California, and Daniel Toman of San Francisco were asleep when Taylor pretended to be a park ranger and entered their tent, prosecutors say.

The intruder brandished a knife that he used to rip through their tent, shined a flashlight in their faces and ransacked their belongings, taking items including wallets, a laptop, cellphones and a camera, Macher has said.

Taylor then fled in the campers’ rented Ford Mustang, authorities said.

“He could’ve just taken the items and left because Mr. Taylor arrived in a separate vehicle,” said Deputy Prosecutor Shannon Kagawa. “However, he decided to take the vehicle … leaving them stranded there … in the middle of the night.”

Taylor didn’t speak at his sentencing hearing earlier this week, the Hilo newspaper reported.


Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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