Masters gets five years for theft

Mark Masters, 40, of Kapa‘a, was re-sentenced recently by Fifth Circuit Court Chief Judge George M. Masuoka to five years in prison for theft, according to county prosecutors.

Masters was originally sentenced to probation for the felony offense in July 2003.

On Dec. 23, 2004, prosecutors filed a motion to revoke his probation after his probation officer reported that Masters failed to contact a drug-treatment program by two different deadlines, failed to successfully complete a drug-treatment program after finally being accepted into a program, and tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana use while on probation, prosecutors said.

At his re-sentencing hearing, Masters did show that he eventually did complete a drug-treatment program after the motion was filed, however, Masuoka he imposed the prison sentence because Masters failed to adhere to the deadlines he was given by his probation officer, and failed to adhere to other conditions of probation even after the motion was filed, according to prosecutors.

In other recent court action:

• Salvin Hilario, 35, of Kapa‘a, was sentenced by Fifth Circuit Court Judge Kathleen N.A. Watanabe to five years in prison for two counts of sexual assault, prosecutors said.

Hilario entered his guilty pleas to the felony offenses on Feb. 6. The offenses involved touching the intimate parts of minors who were under the age of 14 at the time, according to prosecutors.

• Sanoe Soares, 21, of Kapa‘a, was sentenced by Watanabe to a five-year term of probation for two counts of unlawful use of or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, and one count of bail-jumping, in three separate cases, prosecutors said.

Special conditions of her probation include Soares serving one year in jail, successfully completing drug treatment, submitting to drug testing, and paying court fees.

Soares entered her guilty pleas to the three felony offenses on Feb. 21.

In the first case, Kaua‘i Police Department officers arrested Soares on Sept. 16, 2004, when she was found in the Poipu apartment of a person who was wanted for felony drug charges on O‘ahu, prosecutors said.

The other party was arrested in the parking lot, and a search warrant was obtained for the apartment, according to prosecutors.

In the apartment, police recovered several items of drug paraphernalia related to methamphetamine, prosecutors said.

In the second case, Soares was arrested at Lihu‘e Airport on Feb. 7, 2005, after a Transportation Security Administration agent searched her bag to remove a lighter, and discovered a glass smoking pipe containing methamphetamine, prosecutors continued.

The bail-jumping offense was based on Soares being on bail for the felony drug charges and failing to appear for a court hearing in one of the cases on May 31, 2005, prosecutors said.

• Missy Nuuhiwa, 25, of Anahola, was sentenced by Watanabe to a five-year term of probation for theft, said prosecutors.

Special conditions of Nuuhiwa’s probation include her serving one year in jail, and paying court fees and restitution to the victims, according to prosecutors.

Nuuhiwa entered her guilty plea to the felony offense on Feb. 6.

Police arrested Nuuhiwa after it was discovered that, on July 23, 2005, Nuuhiwa stole $1,045 in cash, a driver’s license and credit cards from a purse at the Hanama‘ulu 7-Eleven store, according to prosecutors.

Nuuhiwa was identified as the person using the stolen credit card to make several fraudulent transactions, prosecutors concluded.

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