1st Hawaii telescope protest trials end in convictions

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Posted: Nov 06, 2015 10:16 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — The first two trials for those arrested for blocking telescope construction crews on Mauna Kea have ended in guilty verdicts.

Hawaii County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Britt Bailey says a judge on Thursday convicted Ronald Fujiyoshi and Linda Lindsey-Kaapuni of obstructing.

Fujiyoshi was sentenced to six months' probation and must remain off the mountain's access road. Lindsey-Kaapuni was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

They were among 31 people arrested April 2 when crews attempted to resume construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Twenty people standing in the road were charged with obstructing. Eleven others were charged with trespassing, but the prosecutor dropped those charges.

Twelve people were arrested during another attempt to resume construction on June 24.

The next series of trials is scheduled for Nov. 19.