Lā 126: First two Mauna Kea protesters convicted, sentenced

By Star-Advertiser staff POSTED: 5:25 p.m. HST, Nov 5, 2015 LAST UPDATED: 5:56 p.m. HST, Nov 5, 2015

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Two people were convicted Thursday in the first two trials against protesters of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.

District Court Judge Barbara Takase found Ronald Fujiyoshi and Linda Lindsey-Kaapuni guilty of obstructing Mauna Kea Access Road, a petty misdemeanor.

On April 2, Fujiyoshi was in the middle of Mauna Kea Access Road fronting the Mauna Kea visitors center, while Lindsey-Kaapuni was in a graveled portion of the road, said Hawaii County Deputy Prosecutor Britt Bailey.

The state requested six months’ probation, and that they stay off Mauna Kea Access Road for the period of probation. Prosecutors also requested 72 hours of community service in lieu of a $500 fine.

Fujiyoshi asked for a jail sentence instead of community service, and was sentenced to five days. He will serve one day in jail, with credit for time served; six months’ probation; and was ordered to remain off the access road.

Lindsey-Kaapuni argued against probation, and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

Bailey said there are 20 to 25 trials remaining 16 of which are scheduled.