A Big Island man facing charges for his alleged destruction of an ice factory appeared in court Monday.
The crime could carry a heavier sentence than normal.
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Police say 22-year-old Clinton Ronald Souza knocked out Ali'i Ice Factory, which was a resource to half the island, when he burglarized it last Wednesday. At least five cars were damaged, windows knocked out and paperwork scattered everywhere.
Souza pleaded not guilty to burglary and property damage, but according to a law signed earlier this year, Souza could face harsher penalties.
The law, which went into effect on July 1, allows enhanced penalties for certain crimes if they happen during times of emergency as proclaimed by the governor or the mayor.
"The enhancements as charged in this case allow for increased penalties for theft, burglarizing a building other than a dwelling and criminal property damage," said Lucas Burns, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. "Basically we're looking at 10 years on four of the charges instead of five years."
Ali'i Ice closed after the reported vandalism, but reopened at 7 a.m. Friday morning.