5 years for probation violation

LIHUE – Chief Judge Randal Valenciano on Tuesday sentenced Jordan Rocha, a 23-year-old Lihue man, to five years in prison after he admitted to six separate probation violations.

Rocha has been in custody since July 19 on the motion for revocation of probation, according to a Kauai County press release.

In the underlying case, Rocha was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle for stealing a moped. He was placed into the Kauai Drug Court program.

While in drug court, Rocha absconded from a treatment facility, failed to return from Oahu and did not contact drug court staff. In January of this year, Rocha was then terminated from Kauai Drug Court, sentenced to one year in jail and placed in the Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement probation program.

After being placed in the HOPE program, Rocha tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine and cocaine.

He failed to report for multiple drug tests, failed to report for HOPE group session and was discharged from a separate substance abuse treatment program for multiple unexcused absences. He was on the run from the HOPE program for a little over a month before getting picked up on the motion for revocation of probation as well as new charges.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Rocha’s probation was revoked and he was sentenced to the five-year open term.

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