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Puna Man Will Serve at Least 8 Years of Sentence

December 6, 2021, 6:30 AM HST
* Updated December 5, 4:42 PM
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A Puna man will spend at least eight years in prison following his conviction on several charges, including burglary and theft.

Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Kelden Waltjen announced Friday that 29-year-old Arnold “BJ” Fernandez of Puna will serve eight years in prison, out of a 10-year sentence, before being eligible for parole.

Fernandez, who has felony convictions for first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, second-degree theft, first-degree terroristic threatening, unauthorized control of a vehicle and unauthorized possession of confidential or personal information, was sentenced earlier this year.

The Hawai’i Paroling Authority recently set Fernandez’s minimum term at eight years for his Class B felony conviction and four years for all Class C felony convictions. A Class B felony carries a maximum 10-year penalty, while a Class C felony carries a maximum five-year penalty.

“We hope that this serves as a message that Hawai’i Island law enforcement is taking property crimes seriously and that we will continue to aggressively prosecute property offenders,” said Waltjen, who handled the prosecution of these matters.

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The investigation was handled by members of the Hawaii Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigation Section and Special Enforcement Unit.

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