Repeat offender gets prison term

WAILUKU – A Kula man who was on probation when he was found to have entered someone else’s house last year was sentenced Wednesday to a 10-year prison term.

As a repeat offender, Keahi Tamanaha, 22, was ordered to serve at least one year and eight months of the term before being eligible for parole.

“It’s sad for someone so young to be sentenced to such a lengthy prison sentence,” 2nd Circuit Judge Richard Bissen said. “But the law is pretty clear. With your prior record, there’s no opportunity for probation.”

Tamanaha had pleaded no contest to first-degree unauthorized entry into a dwelling.

“This is a very young man who is remarkably talented, had a lot going for him,” said Deputy Prosecutor Kerry Glen. “It appears he got involved in drugs.”

Tamanaha was arrested in the early-morning hours of Nov. 29 after a 70-year-old man was awakened by strange noises, Glen said. She said Tamanaha, “probably under the influence of drugs, had let himself into the house.”

He was speaking incoherently, she said. No one was hurt in the incident.

The prosecution had agreed to seek a shorter mandatory-minimum term for Tamanaha, who had been on probation in two other cases at the time of his latest arrest.

With his probation revoked, he was resentenced to a 10-year prison term for second-degree robbery and five-year prison terms for first-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree unauthorized entry into a dwelling. He will serve those prison terms at the same time as his latest sentence.