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Judge bans man from drinking Pepsi after car theft conviction

The Hill logo The Hill 3/25/2019 Justin Wise

a can of soda: Judge bans man from drinking Pepsi after car theft conviction © Getty Images Judge bans man from drinking Pepsi after car theft conviction A Hawaii judge is prohibiting a man convicted of car theft from drinking Pepsi, his favorite soft drink, throughout the duration of his probation.

Second Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo imposed the restriction on Christopher Montilliano Jr. after the defendant told her about his love for Pepsi during a sentencing hearing last week, according to reports.

"It's the Pepsi deprivation syndrome," Loo told Montilliano, who pleaded no contest to charges of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and driving without a license.

Loo said during the sentencing hearing that Montilliano lied to police while being arrested. Montilliano had told officers at the time that he was driving his cousin's car and that he was on his way to the store to buy soda.

"I've heard a lot of people addicted to meth. I've heard a lot of people addicted to alcohol," Loo said during the hearing, according to The Maui News. "This is the first time I've heard of a Coca-Cola addiction. I'm sure the soda didn't make you steal the vehicle."

Josh James, Montialliano's attorney, said in court that his client had learned from his mistakes.

"I'm not going to steal cars anymore," Montilliano added to the judge, according to the AP. "I don't want to be in jail no more."

In addition to four years probation, Loo reportedly sentenced Montilliano to 100 hours of community service and a $100 fine.

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