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Pagala gets five years for burglary

Brandon Pagala, 21, of Kekaha, was resentenced by Fifth Circuit Court Chief Judge George M. Masuoka to five years in prison for burglary, after being found in violation of his probation for the felony offense, according to county prosecutors in a press release.

Pagala was initially given a chance to keep his record clean through a deferment of his guilty plea on Sept. 30, 2004, prosecutors explained.

Prosecutors filed a motion to set aside the deferment on Feb. 4, 2005, after Pagala’s probation officer reported that Pagala tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana use, tailed to contact representatives of a drug-treatment program as ordered to by his probation officer, failed to report to a scheduled meeting with his probation officer, failed to contact officials in the communityservice program to commence his court-ordered. connnuniry-service work, and failed to submit verification of employment to his probation officer, prosecutors said.

In August 2005. Pagala’s deferment was set aside, and he was placed on probation with the condition that he complete the Drug Court program. Pagala was terminated from Drug Court on March 14, for repeated violations uf Drug Court program rules, prosecutors said.

In other recent court action: I Joaquin Velasco, 27. of Lihu’e, was sentenced by Fifth Circuit Court Judge Kathleen NA. Watanabe to a I ivc-year term of probation for sexual assault, prosecutors said.

Special conditions of Velasco’s probation include him serving one year in jail, participating in and successfully completing a sexual-offender-treatment program, and registering as a sexual offender, according to prosecutors.

Velasco entered his guilty plea to the felony offense on Jan. 9. The offense involved Velasco touching the breast of a 16-year-old female after she refused to touch him sexually on May 19,2004, prosecutors said.

• Yasmumori Pomaikai, ‘.52,, of Hanama’ulu, was re-sentenced to a new, five-year term of probation by Masuoka, for unlawful use of or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, after being found in violation of the terms and conditions of his probation, prosecutors said.

Special conditions of Pomaikai’s probation include him serving an additional 60 days in jail. Pomaikai was originally sentenced to probation lor the felony offense on Dec. 27, 2004.

Prosecutors filed a motion to revoke his probation after Pomaikai’s probation officer reported that Pomaikai tailed to report to his probation officer, and failed to keep his probation officer informed of his current address.

• Troy Morikawa, 39, of Lihu’e, was sentenced to five years probation for promoting a dangerous drug, prosecutors said.

Special conditions of Morikawa’s probation include him performing 800 hours of community service, undergoing a substanceabuse evaluation, completing treatment as recommended, submitting to drug lest ing.

and paying court, lees.

Morikawa eniered his guilty plea to the felony offense on Jan. 19. Police arrested Morikawa on Dec. 11, 2004, after executing a search warrant on Morikawa and his vehicle resulted in the recovery of a plastic packet containing crystal metharnphetamine, prosecutors said.

The search warrant was based on an investigation by Kaua’i Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Unit officers that revealed that Morikawa was selling methamphetamine from his taxi cab and other vehicles.

• Rodrigo Drone. 25. of Kilauea. was sentenced by Watanabe to a five-year term of probation for promoting a dangerous drug and theft, in two separate cases, prosecutors said.

Special conditions of Drone’s probation include him serving a total of one year in jail, completing a substance-abuse evaluation and treatment as recommended, being subjected to drug testing, and paying court fees.

Drone entered guilty pleas to the felony offenses on Jan. 5.

Police arrested Drone on April 21. 2005, after their investigation revealed Inal Drone participated in a burglary and their of Aee Hardware in Kapa’a, prosecutors said.

Drone subsequently admitted to police detectives that he drove Edward Alapai Jr. to Ace Hardware on the night of April 19,2005, and Alapai entered the store and brought back two weed eaters and some garden tools, and loaded them in the car, prosecutors continued.

Alapai was previously sentenced to five years in prison for committing the burglary and other offenses.

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