Ten-year prison stint for robbery and theft

After being given chances on probation and in the Maui Drug Court, a man has been sentenced to a 10-year prison term for a burglary and theft at a Makena residence more than a decade ago.

Kurt Shephard, 43, was sentenced May 14, after deciding in October to end his participation in the Drug Court program of treatment and supervision.

He was admitted into Drug Court in September 2010 after he was facing revocation of his probation on charges of first-degree burglary and first-degree theft.

He was sentenced to probation in August 2003 for the late 2002 burglary of the residence on Makena Road. Furniture and other property valued at more than $20,000 was stolen from the home, according to court records. Shephard had helped move the stolen furniture into his rental housing, according to court records.

As part of his probation, Shephard was ordered to pay $5,212 in restitution and to perform 200 hours of community service.

But a March 2007 report said Shephard had violated requirements of his probation by failing to report to his probation officer, not making restitution payments or performing community service and using illegal drugs. He also was convicted of felony charges including assault of a police officer in Michigan, where he was living, court records show.

Shephard appeared in 2nd Circuit Court in February 2009 on the allegations that he had violated his probation.

Second Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza sentenced Shephard.

In other cases:

* A 32-year-old Wailuku man was sentenced to a five-year prison term for threatening another man during a confrontation in the Piihana Farms area of Wailuku.

Brandon Young had pleaded no contest to first-degree terroristic threatening, with the prosecution dismissing a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm in the incident at about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3.

Defense attorney Al Albrechtson said the other man instigated the incident by making harassing phone calls to Young and arranging the meeting for a confrontation or fight.

Deputy Prosecutor Jerrie Sheppard said Young pulled out a gun and pointed it at the other man. “He ran for his life,” she said.

She said a firearm wasn’t recovered in the case.

Young said he wanted to put what happened behind him.

Cardoza sentenced Young on May 16. He was ordered to serve the prison term at the same time as one for second-degree criminal property damage in a 2007 case.

* A 38-year-old Lahaina man was placed on five years’ probation for assaulting a man and stealing belongings from a car at Maalaea Small Boat Harbor two years ago.

Originally charged with two counts of second-degree robbery, Gianni Kalani Frey had pleaded no contest to reduced charges of second-degree theft and third-degree assault. The prosecution dismissed charges of first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Frey was arrested Feb. 1, 2011, after he was identified as the man who approached a vehicle, identified himself as a police officer and demanded items from the front-seat passenger, police said. Frey opened the front passenger door, reached in and took a bag from the seat, police said.

When the victim tried to grab the bag back, Frey kicked the victim in the throat, police said. The suspect opened the rear passenger door, reached in and took an MP3 player belonging to another occupant of the vehicle, police said.

As part of his sentence imposed May 16, Frey was ordered to complete anger management classes and not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs.