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Puna Woman to Be Sentenced for 2020 Robbery Incident

December 15, 2021, 1:10 PM HST
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A Puna woman pleaded no contest to a felony robbery charge in connection with a December 2020 incident along Highway 130 in Puna.

Hawai‘i County Prosecuting Attorney Kelden Waltjen announced Wednesday that 25 year-old Tiane Kapeli-Spencer, will be sentenced Feb. 16, 2022, for a Dec. 27, 2020, rental car robbery incident involving a tourist.

On Dec. 1, 2021, Kapeli-Spencer entered her no contest plea to second-degree robbery, a Class B felony that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Kapeli-Spencer stipulated to revocation of her felony probation upon making her plea.

Court documents indicate that Kapeli-Spencer agreed to serve the maximum 10-year prison term, which will be served concurrently to her felony revocation matters. She has remained in custody throughout the criminal proceedings.

The initial investigation was handled by Hawai‘i Police Department’s Puna Patrol and the Area I Criminal Investigation Section. The follow-up investigation and arrest was handled by Sgt. Christopher Jelsma of HPD’s South
Kohala Patrol, who was formerly with the Area I Special Enforcement Unit.

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The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hashizaki.

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