Judge gives Lanai woman probation for theft
A state judge on Friday sentenced a Lana'i woman to five years' probation for stealing items from the home of a deceased acquaintance.
Circuit Judge Joel August gave Katherine Spitalsky, 47, credit for 15 days she had served in jail and warned her that she likely would be sentenced to prison if she doesn't follow court requirements.
August ordered her not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs. He also ordered her to attend at least three Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings a week and to obtain mental health treatment.
Spitalsky had pleaded no contest to second-degree theft of a bow and arrow found in her possession June 12.
The property had been stolen from the garage of longtime Lana'i veterinarian Nicholas Palumbo, who died with his son in a plane crash in January.
Noting that Spitalsky has 12 prior convictions, including one for a felony offense, August asked her why she was again in this situation.
"My alcohol abuse, the people I was hanging around with," Spitalsky said. "I made the wrong choices.
"I feel really bad about Dr. Palumbo. He was my good friend."