Jail for night hunting and meth

LIHUE — Methamphetamine, money and night hunting landed two young men with a misdemeanor and jail time Thursday in 5th Circuit Court.

Jason Douglas Perreira, 30, of Kalaheo, was sentenced to 130 days time already served on one count of night hunting back on March 11.

Shaun Keoki Isao Kawamura, 27, of Kalaheo, was sentenced to seven days in addition to time already served.

Both defendants changed their pleas to no contest to misdemeanor night hunting on Aug. 29. Charges of second-degree criminal trespass, firearms and ammunition placement and felony drug possession were dismissed.

“You were hunting at night with a number of others and there was evidence of drug use,” said Chief Judge Randal Valenciano during the Kawamura sentencing. “This basically means that people were under the influence of illegal substances with firearms. That is a bad combination.”

Court-appointed attorney Daniel Hempey represented Kawamura in the night-hunting case. Kawamura was sentenced to seven days jail in addition to time served and no probation.

Court-appointed attorney Warren Perry represented Kawamura in two other cases involving a contempt of court charge and for driving without a license. Valenciano sentenced Kawamura to 90 days in this matter. He said the additional time was due to repeat driving offenses and continued non-compliance with court orders and hearings.

A third co-defendant, Joshua Aceret-Ipac, 22, of Hanapepe, also pleaded no contest to misdemeanor night hunting on Aug. 29. He was sentenced to time served and ordered to the same terms as the other co-defendants on Thursday.

Aceret-Ipac and Kawamura were arrested on March 11. Perreira was arrested on April 19.

County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Melinda Mendes requested that the defendants be required to forfeit ownership of the .22 caliber rifle, ammunition, knives, flashlight, and $984.38 in cash that was seized as evidence. The court included the terms all three sentencings.

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