Kihei man arrested on drug, firearms charges


The Maui News

A 51-year-old Kihei man was arrested Monday after police officers recovered crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and an unregistered firearm in a search of his residence, police said.

Thomas Schillaci was charged with first-degree promoting of a dangerous drug, use of a firearm in the commission of a drug felony, being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm prohibited, failure to register a firearm, no permit to acquire a firearm and third-degree promoting of a detrimental drug.

Police officers executed a search warrant for the residence at 3:39 p.m. Monday.

After being arrested, Schillaci was released after posting $35,400 bail, police records show.

A 52-year-old woman also was found at the residence and was arrested on drug and firearm charges, police said. She was released pending further investigation.

Schillaci is on probation in a July 2014 case when police reported finding nearly 2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, other drugs, a loaded gun and cash in a search of his residence. He was sentenced to 10 years’ probation in the case in January 2016.

Schillaci’s prior criminal record includes a conviction for manslaughter in the June 3, 1996, shooting in Olinda of William “Billy” Simpson Jr.

Simpson had gone to the Piiholo Road home that Schillaci and his girlfriend were renting, collecting rent at the request of the homeowner. Simpson, 40, died after being shot in the head with a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun.

In 2007, after an appeal in his case, Schillaci was sentenced to a 15-year prison term for manslaughter and a firearms charge.

At the time of his sentencing, Schillaci had already served most of the prison term after being incarcerated since his arrest three days after the shooting.