Victim of Big Island home-invasion sentenced on drug charges
HILO, Hawaii — The victim of a home-invasion robbery on the Big Island has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Dennis Hill was indicted on drug charges after he told police two masked men had robbed him of his dried marijuana last June. Officers found 41 marijuana plants at Hill's Fern Acres house.
Hill's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Neilani Graham, argued for house arrest instead of jail.
She told Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura that Hill was growing the marijuana for his own medical use, although he did so without a permit and grew more than the allowed number of plants.
She says the 44-year-old Hill has since obtained medical marijuana certification and is now in compliance with the law.
Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, www.hilohawaiitribune.com