AP NEWS

Hawaii man gets 10-year sentence for choking, robbing child

July 12, 2019

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for choking a young student while robbing him of an iPad.

Nicholas Slot, 34, was sentenced Wednesday for the March 2017 attack and theft outside a Maui school, The Maui News reported Thursday.

Slot was found guilty by 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo in a nonjury trial in December of second-degree robbery and second-degree terroristic threatening.

The boy testified he was 10 and in fourth grade when Slot grabbed his iPad and put a hand against his neck while pressing him against a bench outside Sacred Hearts School. Slot threatened to hurt the boy if he told anyone, the boy testified.

Another student notified a teacher who chased and confronted Slot, who told the teacher he was a police employee and “it was just a test.”

Slot was homeless and started drinking vodka early in the morning the day before the robbery, he said.

“I blanked out,” Slot said. “I wasn’t on my meds.”

Slot has been incarcerated for more than two years in the case. He asked to be placed on probation so he can enter a dual-diagnosis treatment program for substance abuse and mental health issues on Oahu.

In determining his sentence, Loo noted Slot has 28 criminal convictions and said he squandered his previous chances on probation.

“This is not a test,” Loo said. “This is the real deal. And the real deal in your case calls for a prison term.”

___

Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com

All contents © copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.