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Hawaiian Airlines baggage handlers arrested for theft

HONOLULU (AP) — Three Hawaiian Airlines baggage handlers are being investigated for theft after guns were reported stolen from the checked luggage of law enforcement officers.

Maui police and federal agents arrested the airline employees Thursday. A 28-year-old Wailuku man and a 52-year-old Kihei man are suspected of first-degree theft, while a 29-year-old Wailuku man is accused of third-degree theft in connection with a separate investigation.

Hawaiian Airlines security investigators alerted police to the suspected thefts in August.

Authorities say a Hawaii deputy sheriff’s firearm was stolen from his suitcase while he traveled from Los Angeles to Hilo in June. A month later, a weapon was removed from the bags of a California officer, who was traveling from Kahului to San Jose.

The airline employees are on leave without pay.

Man who killed tourists begs for shorter sentence

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A man sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing three Japanese tourists in a 2013 crash and stabbing rampage in Guam apologized for his actions and is asking a judge for mercy.

Guam Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola heard closing arguments Monday in a hearing for 24-year-old Chad De Soto’s request to lower his conviction from aggravated murder to murder. The reduced conviction could make him eligible for release after 15 years.

De Soto read a written statement in court directed to the victims, their families and the people of Guam. He said he was sorry for the pain and tragedy he caused and asked the court not to base his life solely on one night.

The judge has 90 days to decide on De Soto’s request.

 

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