Fifth Circuit Court proceedings – June 26

The criminal proceedings in Fifth Circuit Court Thursday included a man and woman sentenced for their involvement in a car break-in ring; a man who was served the first restraining order of the year for driving over a woman’s foot with his car; and a man in possession of 15 grams of cocaine and $2,000 following a deal at a chicken fight.

  • Robert Goodwin, 38, who has been incarcerated since his arrest on Feb. 4, 2003 was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for his part in a series of motor vehicle thefts in January and early February. Sunny Jo Kauanui, 26, was sentenced to imprisonment of five years for her part in the same series of car break-ins. Both defendants were ordered to pay restitution to some of the victims of the thefts. Kauanui has also remained in custody since her arrest on Feb. 4.

    Goodwin entered guilty pleas on April 10 to a total of 12 felonies relating to 12 different vehicles. Kauanui also entered guilty pleas on April 10 to nine felonies for nine additional vehicles.

    The vehicles they broke into were parked at remote areas around the island, including Kokee State Park, Kipu Falls, Kee Beach and Poipu Beach Park. Kauai Police Department detectives were able to link Goodwin and Kauanui to almost 30 different car break-ins through the cooperation of a concerned citizen that knew Kauanui personally, police surveillance of Kauanui, searches of their residence with a warrant, and statements from both defendants.

  • Chad Ishii, 29, of Lawai, was sentenced to a five-year term of probation for terroristic threatening in the first degree. Special conditions of probation include incarceration for one year, completion of an anger management program and payment of court fees. Ishii was also sentenced to similar conditions for two misdemeanor offenses in the same case: Terroristic threatening in the second degree and reckless endangering in the second degree. Ishii entered guilty pleas to the criminal offenses on April 10.

    Ishii was arrested on Jan. 3 after making multiple threats to kill his estranged girlfriend on Jan. 2 and 3. On Jan. 3, Ishii found his estranged girlfriend and recklessly drove a vehicle in circles close to where she was standing. Eventually Ishii ran over her foot with the car. Ishii was served the first temporary restraining order of 2003 in connection with the incident. The reckless endangering charge was based on the victim’s four-month-old son being nearby during the incident.

  • Shannon Kaui, 31, of Kapaa, was sentenced to a five-year term of probation for possession of cocaine. Special conditions of probation include incarceration for six months, drug treatment and testing, and court fees. Kaui entered his guilty plea to the offense on March 20.

    KPD officers arrested Kaui after finding approximately 15 grams of cocaine in Kaui’s bedroom and over $2,000 cash in his pockets. Police were authorized to search Kaui’s residence and person after obtaining a search warrant based on information from a family member who saw drugs in Kaui’s bedroom and had previously witnessed Kaui make a drug transaction at a chicken fight.


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