Kahului man gets jail for burglaries

WAILUKU – A Kahului man was sentenced to a six-month jail term for burglarizing homes in Waiehu and Haiku.

David Wayne Leialoha Jr., 20, also was placed on five years’ probation for the crimes on Oct. 4.

He had pleaded no contest to two counts each of first-degree burglary and second-degree theft, as well as fourth-degree criminal property damage.

One burglary occurred April 6, 2012, when Leialoha was “caught red-handed” burglarizing a home on Lekeona Loop in Waiehu, said Deputy Prosecutor Kenton Werk.

Leialoha pleaded no contest to charges in that case on Jan. 13, he said.

“Apparently, however, he did not learn anything,” Werk said.

The following month, on Feb. 13, Leialoha was arrested for burglarizing a home on South Holokai Road in Haiku – “demonstrating his resolve to continue in his criminal lifestyle,” Werk said.

A laptop computer was stolen from the home, police said.

Werk said Leialoha was unemployed and appeared to be in denial of a substance abuse problem.

“He’s expressed no remorse,” he said. “He’s expressed no empathy for the victims of his crimes.”

Leialoha asked for a chance to keep the convictions off his record.

His attorney, William Sloper, said that Leialoha’s attitude was “the best thing” he has going for him.

“I’m sorry for the decisions I have made and I look forward to changing my life,” Leialoha said in court.

Second Circuit Judge Richard Bissen denied Leialoha’s request, citing the timing of the offenses. Leialoha was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs as part of his probation.

Leialoha has already spent about five months in jail.