Change of plea entered in weapons threat case

LIHUE — A Kalaheo man pleaded no contest to weapons and terroristic threatening charges Wednesday in 5th Circuit court.

Scott Andrew Theis, 39, was indicted for a June 6, 2012 incident at Tomkats Grille in Koloa. He reportedly entered the bar and became angry when was asked to leave.

County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Melinda Mendes said the defendant went to his truck and then re-entered the bar. He was restrained by an individual and then a police officer, before trying to produce a concealed butterfly knife in the process, she said.

A subsequent investigation of the defendant’s vehicle discovered a loaded 9MM handgun, two rifles, ammunition and knives. He was also found in illegal possession of oxycodone and hydrocodone.

Theis pleaded no contest to one B-felony, six C-felony and three misdemeanor charges on July 10.

The charges include place to keep a pistol or revolver, two counts of first-degree terroristic threat, two counts of prohibited weapons for carrying or possessing a butterfly knife and dagger, three counts of place to keep firearms and ammunition, and one count of carrying a deadly weapon.

Mendes said the state would not oppose felony probation and would ask for up to six months jail with the agreement. She also asked the court to order forfeiture of all weapons and ammunition involved in the case.

Theis was represented by private defense attorney Daniel Hempey. His motion for a deferred acceptance of the no-contest plea will be heard at the sentencing hearing on Oct. 9.

Judge Kathleen Watanabe said the possible extended sentence for multiple felonies would total 83 years in prison.


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