LIHUE — Several probation violation cases earned jail time on Wednesday in 5th Circuit Court. With Judge Kathleen Watanabe presiding, the court heard more than 20 cases.
• Jesse Soares Jr., 34, of Eleele, was placed on a five-year term of probation with one year in jail for violating terms of his probation. Soares tested positive for methamphetamine, his fourth violation since being placed on HOPE (Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement) for close supervision of high-risk offenders) in September 2013.
“You can count on prison,” Watanabe told Soares. “There is no more room here.”
• John Lukela Krause, 23, of Lihue, was sentenced to 15 months in jail and a new term of probation for violating the terms of his previous probation on robbery, assault and attempted theft charges. The original sentence included a 12-month jail term and an in-patient treatment program that he did not successfully complete.
The court sentenced Krause to HOPE probation and allowed for Krause to leave jail early for an in patient treatment program if he is accepted.
• Aaron Joseph Lamanna, 30, of Kapaa, was re-sentenced to HOPE probation and one year in jail for probation violations. He already served all but two weeks of his year prior to re-sentencing.
Lamanna was convicted of a second-degree theft in 2013. He took possession of jewelry in value exceeding $300 from Kauai Gold Ltd.
• Tyrus Jacob Delos Reyes, 32, of Lihue, was sentenced to a five-year term of HOPE probation and nine months in jail for violating the terms of probation. This was the third violation for missing appointments and losing contact with probation.
The state asked for a five-year prison terms. The defense asked for a probation modification given that it was a rules violation and not for committing new crimes since the underlying case involving firearms, drugs and driving without a license.
• Tanisha Hernandez, 30, of Princeville, pleaded no contest to a first-degree terroristic threatening charge. The state will not object to the defendant’s motion for deferred acceptance of the no-contest plea, but will ask for probation and up to 30 days jail at sentencing on April 22.