Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Editor's note: This log of individuals sentenced in 3rd Circuit Court is a regular feature of West Hawaii Today and is compiled using court and Hawaii County Police Department records. A deferred acceptance of a plea includes the provision that if all conditions of the sentence are met, the court shall later dismiss the charge against the defendant.

  • Wayne M. Sepulvida, 52, of Kailua-Kona, pleaded guilty Nov. 8, 2010, to two counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug. He was sentenced Feb. 7 to pay a $500 fine, serve five years probation and six months in jail, with credit for time served and the condition that all remaining jail time be suspended should he complete a residential therapeutic living or other substance abuse treatment program. He must also obtain a mental health assessment, obtain full-time work or enroll in an educational or vocational training program and provide DNA and print impressions to police.
  • Scott Toshi Fujimori, 29, of Captain Cook, pleaded guilty Feb. 7 to first-degree negligent injury. He received a five-year deferred acceptance of his plea with conditions that he pay $755 in fees and fines, serve one year in jail, with credit for time served and all but 30 days suspended, and perform 200 community service hours within four years. He must also maintain substance abuse treatment, obtain full-time work or enroll in an educational or vocational training program, provide DNA and print impressions to police and write a letter of apology to the victim.
  • Andrew Steffan Storseth, 21, of Kailua-Kona, pleaded guilty Dec. 29 to second-degree assault and third-degree assault. He was sentenced Feb. 18 to pay $2,032 in fees, fines and restitution, concurrently serve five years probation for the second-degree assault charge and one year probation for the third-degree assault, one year in jail for the second-degree assault charge and six months in jail for the third-degree assault charge, with credit for time served. He must also perform 200 community service hours within four years, obtain substance abuse and anger management assessments, obtain full-time work or enroll in an educational or vocational training program, provide DNA and print impressions to police and write letters of apology to victims.
  • Christina Navarro, 28, of Kailua-Kona, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree burglary. She received a five-year deferred acceptance of her plea with conditions that she pay $18,971 in fees, fines and restitution, serve five years probation, one year in jail with credit for time served, perform 200 community service hours within four years and obtain a mental health assessment.
  • Kahea K. Reyes, 20, of Captain Cook, pleaded guilty Feb. 18 to third-degree assault and second-degree terroristic threatening. She received a one-year deferred acceptance of her plea with conditions that she pay $185 in fees in addition to restitution that has yet to be determined, serve 30 days in jail, with credit for one day served and all remaining time suspended, perform 125 community service hours within 11 months, complete an anger management program, and obtain full-time work or enroll in an educational or vocational training program. She must also provide DNA and print impressions to police and write a letter of apology to the victim.
  • Andrew Nicholas Perez III, 37, of Hawi, pleaded guilty Feb. 23 to third-degree assault. He was sentenced to pay $130 in fees, one year probation, serve 30 days in jail, with credit for time served and all but 15 days suspended, perform 100 community service hours within 10 months and obtain a substance abuse assessment.
  • Manuel M. Fernandez Jr., 40, of Waimea, pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug. He was sentenced Feb. 24 to pay $2,105 in fees and serve up to 10 years in prison, with credit for time served.
  • Joshua Benjamin Lucas, 28, of Honaunau, pleaded guilty Feb. 25 to third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and felony abuse of a family or household member. He was sentenced to pay $1,860 in fees and fines, five years probation, one year in jail, with credit for time served and all but 30 days suspended, obtain a substance abuse assessment, enter a domestic violence intervention program and obtain full-time work or enroll in an educational or vocational training program.
  • Benjamin H. Novick, 51, of Kailua-Kona, pleaded guilty Feb. 25 to failure to secure a permit to acquire a firearm and two counts ownership of a prohibited firearm or other weapon. He received a five-year deferred acceptance of his guilty plea to one of the ownership of a prohibited firearm or other weapon counts and a one-year deferred acceptance of his guilty plea to the other offenses with conditions that he pay $865 in fees and fines, serve six months in jail, with credit for time served, and perform 300 community service hours within four years. He must also obtain full-time work or enroll in an educational or vocational training program and provide DNA and print impressions to police.
  • James Dean Weed, 67, of Pahoa, pleaded guilty Feb. 28 to second-degree theft. He received a five-year deferred acceptance of his plea with conditions that he pay $755 in fees and fines and restitution of $2,111.76, serve one year in jail, with credit for time served and all remaining time suspended, perform 200 community service hours within four years, obtain a mental health assessment, provide DNA and print impressions to police and write a letter of apology to the victim.
  • Nelson Reginald Gacusan, 39, of Hilo, pleaded guilty Jan. 5 to possessing drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced Feb. 28 to pay $1,755 in fees and fines, five years probation, 90 days in jail to be served intermittently with credit for time served, maintain substance abuse treatment, obtain full-time work or enroll in an educational or vocational training program and provide DNA and print impressions to police.
  • Derek S. K. Fontes, 29, of Pahala, pleaded guilty Feb. 24 to habitually operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and operating a vehicle with a license previously suspended or revoked for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. He was sentenced March 1 to pay $1,137.65 in fees and fines, five years probation, serve one year in jail, with credit for time served, obtain a substance abuse assessment, obtain full-time work or enroll in an education or vocational training program and provide DNA and print impressions to police.
  • Derek Coghill, 24, of no permanent address, pleaded guilty March 2 to first-degree terroristic threatening. He received a five-year deferred acceptance of his plea with conditions that he pay $755 in fees and fines, serve one year in jail, with credit for time served and all remaining time suspended should he complete a treatment program on Oahu, perform 200 community service hours within four years and obtain an anger management assessment. He must also obtain full-time work or enroll in an educational or vocational training program, obtain a general education diploma within two years, provide DNA and print impressions to police and write a letter of apology to the victim.
  • Jeff Anderson, 47, of Naalehu, pleaded guilty March 2 to harassment. He received a six-month deferred acceptance of his plea with conditions that he pay $105 in fees, serve six months probation, perform 35 community service hours within 30 days and write a letter of apology.
  • Kahiliokeanuinu Puaalani Peleiholani, 22, of Hawi, pleaded no contest March 7 to driving under the influence of an intoxicant, second-degree negligent injury, third-degree promoting a detrimental drug and inattention to driving. He was sentenced concurrently on all charges to pay $567 in fees and restitution that has yet to be determined, one year probation, serve six months in jail, with credit for time served, obtain a substance abuse assessment, complete a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, obtain full-time work or enroll in an educational or vocational training program and write letters of apology to the victims. His license was also suspended for 90 days.
  • Emmanuel Niihanu Jr., 60, of Hilo, pleaded guilty March 9 to first-degree assault and second-degree assault. He was sentenced to pay $210 in fees and restitution of $7,629.09 and serve concurrently 10 years in jail for the first-degree assault charge and five years in jail for the second-degree assault charge.
  • Malia Kaanaleo Rivera also known as Malia K. Lajala, 23, of Niulii, pleaded guilty March 9 to abuse of a family or household member. She was sentenced to pay $110 in fees, two years probation, six months jail, with credit for time served and all but 30 days suspended should she enter and complete substance abuse treatment and domestic violence intervention programs, obtain a substance abuse assessment, complete a parenting class, obtain full-time work or enroll in an education or vocational training program, provide DNA and print impressions to police and write a letter of apology to the victim.
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