Promise to do ‘right thing’ will have to wait

WAILUKU – A man who was on probation when he was arrested for abusing his girlfriend and trying to illegally enter a Pukalani residence has been sentenced to a 10-year prison term.

“It’s sad for a young man to be faced with these penalties you’re looking at,” 2nd Circuit Judge Richard Bissen said in sentencing Carlos Pacheco, 24. “I suppose the only good out of this, if any, is you’ll still be a young man when you’re released. All the things you promised today you can do when you’re released.”

At his sentencing Jan. 31, the Pukalani resident had asked for another chance on probation, saying he would “go out there, do the right thing, be there for my grandpa and my family.”

Pacheco has two children and has helped care for his ailing grandfather, said Deputy Public Defender Zach Raidmae. Pacheco’s drug use has been “a very unaddressed problem,” he said.

Pacheco had pleaded no contest to felony abuse, third-degree assault and third-degree criminal property damage in a March 19 case involving abuse of the mother of his children and an assault on one of her relatives whose vehicle was damaged.

Pacheco also pleaded no contest to first-degree unauthorized entry into a dwelling for a burglary attempt April 26 to 27 at a residence on Makani Road in Pukalani. At the time, someone was home, according to court documents.

Pacheco was identified from video on a home surveillance system, police said.

At the time of the offenses, Pacheco was on probation in two cases for first-degree burglary, second-degree theft and felony abuse by strangulation.

“I feel like we have no choice,” Deputy Prosecutor Kerry Glen said in recommending prison for Pacheco. “We have tried to give the defendant every opportunity . . . to conquer the issues that are keeping him from leading a clean and sober life and a productive life. It’s really a situation where we’re out of options.”

Bissen asked Pacheco what happened during his three years on probation, when attempts to help him failed.

“I had too much things to do,” Pacheco said. “I couldn’t make it to my appointment.”

Pacheco said he had been trying to “be there for my grandfather,” who couldn’t walk.

“How did you find time to use drugs then?” Bissen asked.

He noted that Pacheco accumulated more than six arrests last year. “You were pretty busy in 2013 committing crimes and you couldn’t make it to appointments,” the judge told Pacheco.

The 10-year prison term was for Pacheco’s burglary conviction in a 2009 case. He was sentenced to five-year and one-year prison terms to be served at the same time in his more recent cases.

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