Lahaina man violates parole, sentenced to 10 years in prison

WAILUKU — A Lahaina man was resentenced Tuesday to a 10-year prison term after he admitted he had violated his probation by committing new crimes.

Zachary Granados, 33, had asked for “one last chance at probation” so he could enter long-term residential drug treatment.

“I’ve got a drug problem, and it’s affected me for over half my life,” he said.

In sentencing Granados to prison, 2nd Circuit Judge Richard Bissen told the defendant: “I think you have exhausted your opportunities to go to drug treatment programs, at least by virtue of the court ordering it.”

“It’s really your choice,” Bissen said. “You just got to make the decision at some point that it’s best for you.”

In his most recent cases, Granados pleaded no contest to third-degree promoting of a dangerous drug, felony abuse of a household member in the presence of a minor under age 14 and abuse.

The abuse occurred the afternoon of March 27 when Granados met his ex-girlfriend in a parking lot on Shaw Street in Lahaina, said Deputy Prosecutor Lyle Keanini.

He said the two argued and the woman reached across Granados into his vehicle to get belongings, including her cellphone that he had taken. He grabbed her by the top of her head and pulled her away from the car, flinging her away by grabbing her shirt, which was ripped, Keanini said.

He said Granados began throwing trash, loose change and batteries on the ground, then threw an object at the rear passenger-side window of his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle. The child’s backpack hit the couple’s 4-year-old daughter, causing pain and a bump on her forehead, Keanini said.

Keanini said the girl later told police the bump hurt, “and dad hit me.”

In the drug case, Granados was in a vehicle with two females at 4:30 a.m. March 9 when police found a glass smoking pipe, 1.12 grams of methamphetamine and a scale in the vehicle, Keanini said. The two co-defendants told police that Granados had provided the drugs they planned to smoke.

In recommending a prison sentence, Keanini said Granados “has a horrible criminal record,” including three cases that resulted in a prison sentence in 2008.

“The defendant appears to have learned nothing from his past,” Keanini said.

Defense attorney Gina Gormley said Granados began abusing drugs when he was 13.

“Since then, he’s been unable to break the cycle of addiction,” she said.

She said Granados grew up watching his mother struggle with addiction while going in and out of jail. He was 28 when he met his father, who also struggled with addiction and had been in prison for most of Granados’ life, Gormley said.

“He grew up watching his mom use,” she said. “Most of his family members used. He grew up thinking that was the norm, that there was no other lifestyle.”

She said Granados had been in drug treatment and done well until being released and relapsing.

Granados said he has been sober for five months while in jail.

He said his longest period of sobriety was from February 2012 to June 2015.

“I had a job. I met my girlfriend. I had my daughter, my son. I worked, came home, took care of my kids,” he said. “I wanted to have a family, and I did that.”

Then “my grandpa passed away, my grandma had a stroke,” Granados said. “I didn’t know how to handle it, and I relapsed.”

Granados said he didn’t think he would be accepted into the Maui Drug Court program of treatment and supervision because he was charged with abuse.

Judge Bissen said Granados could try to enroll in the Drug Court when he is paroled.

“I think we all agree you want to break the cycle,” Bissen said. “The question is how. You have been drug free for five months in prison, in jail. That’s not a bad thing.”

Granados was sentenced to five-year prison terms for felony abuse and third-degree promoting of a dangerous drug and a one-year jail term for abuse.

When he was arrested in his latest cases, Granados had been on probation in 10 criminal cases. He was resentenced to jail and prison terms in those cases, including a 10-year prison term for first-degree burglary in a 2016 case.

He was resentenced to five-year prison terms for four counts of third-degree promoting of a dangerous drug, two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, two counts of second-degree theft, two counts of unauthorized possession of confidential personal information, eight counts of credit card theft and four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

Granados will serve all the prison terms at the same time.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.

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