Change of plea in felony cases

LIHUE — The state is requesting a 10-year prison sentence for a Hanalei man who changed his plea to no contest in four felony cases on Tuesday in 5th Circuit Court.

Kyle Matsumoto, 37, pleaded no contest to first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree identity theft, three counts of first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, four counts of second-degree theft, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, credit card theft, unauthorized possession of confidential personal information, two counts of credit card fraud, credit card forgery, two counts of second-degree identity theft, and two misdemeanor charges.

Judge Kathleen Watanabe presided over the hearing. Matsumoto entered no contest pleas in two other felony cases in front of Chief Judge Randal Valenciano on June 5. The first incident took place in May of 2012 and the most recent incident took place in December.

Matsumoto is being held at Kauai Community Correctional Center in lieu of $445,000 bail. He could face an extended term of imprisonment in excess of 100 years. The state agreed to ask for concurrent 10-year prison terms.

Matsumoto is set to be sentenced in all cases in front of Watanabe Oct. 1.


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