Sentencing set for Hanapepe man accused of gun violations

LIHU‘E — A March 8 sentencing date was set for a Hanapepe man in two cases involving drugs, weapons and accidental injury.

James Alika Hensley, 39, entered a plea of no contest in 5th Circuit Court last Thursday to one count each of possession of a firearm or ammunition by a person convicted of certain crime, keeping an unloaded firearm in an unauthorized location and causing an accident involving injury.

The incident occurred on Nov. 23, 2010, when Hensley allegedly drove his truck into a motorcycle, causing substantial bodily injury to the rider. Hensley is accused of then fleeing the scene on foot, failing to render aid or report the incident.

Police reports say Kaua‘i Police Department executed a search warrant for the truck and recovered an unloaded .22-caliber rifle and a Winchester rifle.

Defense attorney James Donahoe represented Hensley in the 13-count case that also included marijuana and inattentive driving charges.

Deputy Public Defender Stephanie Sato represented Hensley in a second case regarding a June 9 incident. A search warrant on Hensley’s vehicle produced methamphetamine, a smoking pipe and marijuana.

Hensley was arrested on Aug. 3 following a July 28 indictment, and entered a no contest plea in November. He remains in custody at the Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center.

• Tom LaVenture, staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 224) or tlaventure@thegardenisland.com.

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