A man charged with a string of robberies including a hold-up at the Hawaii home of 'Lost' star Josh Holloway has reached a plea deal that will put him behind bars for 30 years.
Ruben Royce, 23, pleaded guilty on Friday to 34 offences, including kidnapping, first-degree robbery, burglary and car theft, stemming from four raids on homes.
He agreed to a 30-year prison term when he is sentenced on April 29.
Prosecutors said they would ask the parole board to force him to serve the entire sentence.
“We are hoping that period of time might change his behaviour, but you never know,” prosecutor Maurice Arrisgado said.
Public defender Teri Marshall said Royce pleaded guilty to take responsibility for his actions and that he hopes to turn his life around.
“He just was young and engaged in really bad behaviour. And in this short spate of time, it just sort of spiralled around on itself,” he said.
Drug use also played a role in the crimes, Mr Marshall said.
Last month, a jury found Royce guilty of a fifth robbery of a house.
He was convicted of robbery, burglary, firearms violations and reckless endangering.
The robberies occurred during a three-week period in September and October 2005.
“Basically, he was driving around looking for fancy cars, nice homes and picked certain ones of them for home invasion,” Mr Arrisgado said. “Fortunately, no one was killed, because he was always armed with a (semiautomatic .45-calibre pistol).”
Royce broke into the Holloways’ home in the early-hours through a louvre window.
He threatened the Holloways, took their wallets, including their credit cards, and drove off in their Mercedes-Benz, Mr Arrisgado said.
“They were just scared,” he said. “They thought they were going to get killed. This guy was very vicious and had no hesitation in pointing the gun in their face.”
Mr Marshall said Royce did not know Holloway was a TV star until after the robbery.
Holloway plays Sawyer on the ABC castaway drama, which is filmed on Oahu.