Convicts granted early release

LIHUE — Fifth Circuit Judge Kathleen Watanabe granted motions Tuesday for early termination from probation on two separate convicts who had both initially been charged with attempted murder in the second degree, among other charges.

Both individuals had served little more than half their five-year terms of probation, the county said in a press release.

Dominador Padua pleaded no contest to first-degree attempted assault, a class B felony, as well as other firearms related charges on May 17, 2012. A class B felony carries a maximum term of 10 years of incarceration.

On May 22, 2011, Padua discharged a firearm in his residence through a door, when his then-wife was on the other side. As his former wife was locking the door in an attempt to get away from Padua, he shot her through the door.

Although the state asked for a 10-year prison term at Padua’s sentencing on Aug. 23, 2012, he was sentenced to 18 months in jail with credit for time served and five years HOPE Probation.

Kehaunani Kauo also pleaded no contest to attempted assault in the first degree, a class B felony.

On Dec. 15, 2010, Kauo argued with her then-boyfriend who proceeded to leave the house. Kauo was observed driving fast and running a stop sign before intentionally hitting her boyfriend with her vehicle. The victim ended up on the hood of the car. He suffered scrapes, lacerations, contusions on his legs, arms and back, and bruised ribs.

At her sentencing hearing on Oct. 13, 2011, the state requested that Kauo be sentenced to 10 years in prison. Again, the judge sentenced her to 18 months jail with credit for time served and five years of probation.

The state opposed the motions in both cases, noting the seriousness of the defendants’ violent conduct.

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