Makiki robber sentenced to 10 years in prison

Published On: Mar 28 2013 10:56:47 AM HST   Updated On: Mar 28 2013 07:20:57 PM HST

On Thursday, a Honolulu judge sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery to the maximum 10 years in prison.

Alika McShane turned himself in after surveillance video was released clearly showing him robbing a Makiki convenience store in June 2012.

"I am very sorry  That is not me," said McShane to the judge.  "I have no excuses for what I have done that day."

McShane's attorney said his client used crystal methamphetamine and robbed the store to feed his addiction.

McShane also apologized in the courtroom to the store owner for "disrespecting their establishment and turning their lives upside down that day."

After that apology, Judge Rom Trader handed down the maximum sentence.

Following the ruling, McShane tearfully bid goodbye to his family and headed off to jail.

McShane was originally charged with first-degree robbery, which carries a maximum of 20 years in prison.

But, because the prosecution felt it couldn't prove the gun he used in the robbery was a semi-automatic and not a pellet gun as the defense claimed, the state agreed to a lesser robbery charge.

"The terrified clerk identified it as something that 'looked' like a gun.  And so, because of that and other factors, the prosecution couldn't prove beyond a doubt the object wasn't a real firearm.," said Deputy Prosecutor Scott Bell.


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