Violent actions get Silva probation sentence

William Silva, 19, of Lawa‘i, was sentenced by Fifth District Court Judge Kathleen N.A. Watanabe to a five-year term of probation for terroristic threatening, according to county prosecutors in a press release.

Special conditions of Silva’s probation include serving one year in jail, completing a substance-abuse evaluation and treatment program, submitting to drug testing, and obtaining and maintaining full-time employment as approved by his probation officer.

Silva entered his guilty plea to the felony offense on Nov. 21, 2005, prosecutors said. Police arrested Silva on Jan. 28, 2005, after Silva waived a pellet gun that closely resembles a firearm at another driver while driving on Kaumuali‘i Highway, according to prosecutors. The other driver braked to slow down, and turned off the highway because he felt threatened, prosecutors said.

In other recent court action:

• Matthew Nishibata, 22, of Lihu‘e, was sentenced by Watanabe to a five-year term of probation for theft, prosecutors said. Special conditions to Nishibata’s probation include him serving 209 days in jail (the equivalent to time he already served while this case was pending), payment of $1,495 in restitution, payment of court fees, completing a substance-abuse evaluation and treatment program, and submitting to drug testing.

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