Pia gets probation for 3 separate cases

Joby Pia, 19, of Lihu‘e, was sentenced by Fifth Circuit Court Judge Kathleen N.A. Watanabe to a five-year term of probation for promoting a dangerous drug, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, and a one-year term of probation for terroristic threatening, in three separate cases, according to county prosecutors in a press release.

Special conditions to Pia’s probation include serving one year in jail and successfully completing residential drug-treatment.

Pia entered his guilty pleas to the offenses in October 2005. Pia was arrested in the drug case in 2004 after a relative discovered a packet of methamphetamine among Pia’s possessions, prosecutors said. Police secured a search warrant, and recovered glass smoking pipes containing methamphetamine and another plastic packet containing methamphetamine residue in Pia’s room.

Pia was arrested in 2004, the day after he tried to punch someone though an open vehicle window, then opened the door and kicked the victim. This attack was a result of a dispute between Pia and his ex-girlfriend, who was a passenger in the attacked man’s vehicle, prosecutors said.

Pia was arrested for the terroristic threatening charge in 2004 after Pia pulled up next to a man’s car, leaned out the window, and threatened to kill the man, also in 2004, according to prosecutors.

In other court action:

• Lauwae Torres, 33, of Lihu‘e, was re-sentenced by Fifth Circuit Court Chief Judge George Masuoka to a new five-year term of probation after being found in violation of the terms and conditions of her probation for unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. Special conditions of probation include serving an additional six months in jail, according to prosecutors.

Torres was arrested by police after she punched another female while the other woman was in a vehicle. Torres pleaded guilty to the offenses in 2002, and was given a five-year term of probation in late 2004, prosecutors said.

A motion to revoke her probation was filed last year, after her probation officer reported that Torres failed to pay court-ordered fees, failed to submit proof of employment, failed to complete an anger-management program due to absences and lack of payment, failed to provide a urine sample for drug testing when ordered to do so, failed to appear for her drug-treatment- program orientation, failed to report for meetings with her probation officer as ordered, and was convicted of assault while on probation, prosecutors said.

• Ryan Refamonte, 22, of Kapa‘a, was sentenced to a five-year term of probation by Watanabe for terroristic threatening, prosecutors said. Special conditions of Refamonte’s probation include serving two days in jail, attending and completing an anger-management program, and the payment of a $1,000 fine and $255 in court fees.

Refamonte entered his guilty plea to the felony offense last year, the same year he was arrested for holding a knife to his girlfriend’s throat after he eavesdropped on her telephone conversation with another person, during which his girlfriend mentioned another man, according to prosecutors.

• Jarren Kaneakua, 25, of Kaumakani, was sentenced by Watanabe to a five-year term of probation for theft. Special conditions of Kaneakua’s probation include him serving 30 days in jail, performing 275 hours of community-service work, undergoing a substance-abuse evaluation, complying with all treatment recommendations, and paying all assessed court fees.

Kaneakua entered his guilty plea to the felony offense last year, prosecutors said.


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