Man gets year for meth charge

LIHUE — A man was sentenced to a year in jail Monday in a case where police found him with more than 15 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and ammunition.

Fifth Circuit Court Chief Randal Valenciano also sentenced Travis Iwamoto, 36, to four years of probation and ordered him to pay more than $5,000 in restitution.

Iwamoto, who has already served time in jail awaiting sentencing for his case, was indicted on April 16 for possession of meth in the first degree, promoting a dangerous drug in the second degree, drug paraphernalia and firearms.

On Dec. 1, Iwamoto pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree, a class C felony. All other charges were dismissed.

“The seven months that I have been incarcerated have given me a lot of time to think of what I have done and the people who I have hurt like my family and I let a lot of people down,” Iwamoto said in court. “With this chance, I will do my very best to make it up to my family and the people in the community and the courts.”

Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar told the court that although the defendant had a history of abuse of family or household member and contempt of court, “the defendant’s cooperative nature and his willingness to change his life went a long way in getting the outcome he got.”

Iwamoto was extradited from Georgia and brought back to Kauai last year. After he completes his time in jail, Iwamoto will return to Georgia and remain on probation.

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