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"He's still out on bail," said Deputy Prosecutor Russell Uehara, who opposed Rodrigues' remaining free until his appeal, which could take as long as a year or more to be resolved.
"He still poses a danger to the community. They're dangerous offenses, and he got convicted of these dangerous offenses. So for the judge to say he does not pose a danger to the community despite being convicted of these dangerous offenses, to me does not make sense," Uehara said.
While disappointed in Crandall's decision, the prosecution is confident Rodrigues' conviction will be upheld by the appellate courts, Uehara said.
William Harrison, Rodrigues' attorney, said the court's decision was appropriate because there is no evidence to suggest Rodrigues is a danger or a flight risk.
"Clearly, we believe he did not commit the offense, and we're going to prove that ultimately," Harrison said. "The court's basically given us the breathing room to have a higher court review this matter to determine if, in fact, he committed the offense."
Rodrigues was convicted of first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree robbery and kidnapping for breaking into the home of Dianne and Dawn Sugihara, tying them up and robbing them at gunpoint.
Neither mother nor daughter was present at the sentencing. While they will likely be disappointed that Rodrigues will remain free, Uehara said, they simply want to forget everything that has happened and go on with their lives.
A teary-eyed Rodrigues, surrounded by family and friends, left the courthouse declining comment after sentencing.
Harrison said his client was obviously relieved that he did not have to go to prison pending his appeal. "But you don't feel that good because you've been convicted by this court and sentenced by this court, and you've been told you committed an offense you didn't commit."
During the hearing, Rodrigues did not address the judge.
But his mother, employer, uncle and brother gave emotional testimony, insisting he is not the person the prosecution has made him out to be. They said he does not use drugs, is hard-working, responsible, easygoing and well mannered. They contend he could not have committed such a crime because of his upbringing and the way he has conducted his life before and after his arrest.
"We told you the truth and continue to tell the truth that Shaun is innocent," said his mother, Toni Kurihara, who testified at trial that her son was at home sleeping at the time of the offense. "If anyone is a victim, my son is a victim."
Rodrigues is still facing trial on a terroristic threatening case in which he allegedly threatened a man with a gun when the man arrived at his in-laws' Manoa residence and found Rodrigues in the yard with a ladder propped up against the home.
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