Man resentenced to 10 years in prison after leaving drug treatment

The Maui News

WAILUKU — After leaving a long-term drug treatment program while he was on probation, a man was resentenced Tuesday to a 10-year prison term for burglary.

Gregory Anthony Jr., 24, also had previously participated in the Maui Drug Court program of treatment and supervision after being arrested in 2012 and 2013 cases.

“We’re at the end of the trail,” said defense attorney Cary Virtue. “The court has given this man chances. For a variety of reasons, they just didn’t work out.”

Anthony was first placed on probation in February 2013 after being convicted of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft and theft of a credit card in two cases, according to court records.

After allegations that he had violated requirements of his probation, he was admitted into the Drug Court program in December 2013. He was terminated from participation in the program and again placed on probation in September 2015.

Anthony had been participating in a long-term residential treatment program on Oahu before leaving the program Dec. 21.

“He walked away from an excellent program,” said Deputy Prosecutor Mark Simonds. “It’s unfortunate. Perhaps treatment in an institutional setting may be best for him.”

Anthony said he would continue to seek treatment while incarcerated.

“I’m not going to waste this time in Halawa,” he said. “I’ve been keeping my head straight, staying in the word of God. I’ve been staying positive.”

Second Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza commended Anthony “for taking responsibility for your conduct as well as your recovery.”