LIHUE — A convicted sex-offender who failed to comply with covered offender registration requirements was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday in 5th Circuit Court.
Stanley Miguel, 64, of Kekaha, was sentenced to the full prison term in two cases involving non-compliance with the offender registry, and for revocation of probation in a separate drug case.
“We are pleased the Court recognizes the threat posed to the community by sex offenders who fail to comply with their registration requirements,” said County Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar. “Mr. Miguel’s lengthy criminal record and decades of refusal to abide by society’s rules make prison the only appropriate sentence.”
State Deputy Public Defender John Calma told the court that Miguel did not mean to fall into non-compliance but that circumstances put him in a situation where he had to leave his place of residence when someone in the landlord’s family became seriously ill and needed space for visiting relatives.
Miguel didn’t want to state he was homeless on the registry and put other residences where he had stayed briefly. Although the state views this as living at a residence where he was not actually living, there was no intent to break the law, Calma said.
Miguel was present with Arvin Montgomery and members of the nonprofit Love The Journey program. It offers structured, transitional living assistance to participants, including ex-offenders.
Miguel has been working with them and the organization was in court to show their support, Calma said. The defendant has turned his life around and is also aging, he added.
County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Arin said the defendant signed his registration statement verifying that the information was accurate, when it was not accurate, less than one year after being placed on probation. He was charged with 15 counts of non-compliance between Feb. 9, 2011 and Oct. 12, 2012.
Miguel has 15 prior convictions that include terroristic threatening, assault, abuse of family or household member, driving under the influence, contempt of court and drug charges dating back to 1973.
He served 10 years in prison for an attempted second-degree sexual assault conviction in 1999. He was currently on probation for a third-degree dangerous drug conviction in 2011, which included a year in jail.
Chief Judge Randal Valenciano said the court was pleased Miguel did well on supervised release, however, there was little discretion available regarding sentencing given the extensive criminal history.
There is a mandatory 20-month minimum jail sentence before he is eligible for parole, he added.
Miguel was also sentenced to five years prison in the second case involving possession of a dangerous drug, paraphernalia, and an open liquor container in a motor vehicle. The times will run concurrently, Valenciano said.