"Jesus Bandit" Freed to Continue His Parole

LIHU`E, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — Saying the court had limited options, Fifth Circuit Judge Kathleen Watanabe set Kaua`i’s “Jesus Bandit” free again after a court hearing on Monday. Prosecutors argued that 41-year-old Richard Leibman did exactly what the state was worried about when he was originally sentenced to parole and should have his parole revoked and be sent back to jail. The judge warned Liebman however that if he violates his parole again he will be going to prison for five years. Leibman spent two years in a state psychiatric hospital after being found not competent to stand trial for charges of burglary and assault against a police officer in 2015. He had been missing after failing to contact his parole officer for several months until he was discovered once again in the Princeville area in February wearing a bedsheet and stealing patio cushions and food from local homes.

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