Bertelson gets 5 years for threats, hitting cop

LIHU‘E — A Kapa‘a man was sent to prison in five cases involving violence and property damage Wednesday in 5th Circuit Court.

Mark Elliott Bertelson, 33, said he was “sorry for everything that he did and that he didn’t want it to happen” in his statement to the court. The cases range from 2009 to early 2011. He will receive 436 days credit for time served since his last arrest.

Bertelson received five-year sentences for first-degree assault and attempted assault against a law enforcement officer, first-degree terroristic threatening, and second-degree assault charges against the resident of a home he entered without authorization.

He received one-year sentences for several misdemeanor charges including criminal property damage and attempted theft.

Watanabe ordered all sentences to run concurrently.

Defense attorney Rosa Flores had filed a motion for examination of the defendant. The attorneys stipulated to allowing the court to find Bertelson fit for sentencing based on two of the three reports.

County Deputy Public Defender Melinda Mendes presented several requests for orders of restitution.

Among them were a police car antenna that he bit while being brought into custody and a hospital wall that he rammed with his head.

Watanabe said Bertelson is an intelligent person who was thoughtful with his statements. She said that despite these improvements, in the interest of public safety he would receive a prison sentence without probation.

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