WAILUKU - A woman and man who were Maui Drug Court participants when they were arrested with methamphetamine last year have been sentenced to prison terms.
Sheri Matsuo, 23, of Kahului was sentenced to a 10-year prison term. Chivalry Asuncion-Kalilikane, 29, of Wailuku was sentenced to a five-year prison term.
During their sentencings Aug. 30, their attorneys said Matsuo and Asuncion-Kalilikane, who have been incarcerated at the Maui Community Correctional Center, were grateful for the chance to participate in the Drug Court program of treatment and supervision. The defendants were recently married at the jail, their attorneys said.
"She's really looking forward to the future," said Deputy Public Defender Annalisa Bernard, who represented Matsuo.
"He's got a wife now to think about, as well as his future before him," said defense attorney Marie Kosegarten, representing Asuncion-Kalilikane.
According to police reports, Asuncion-Kalilikane and Matsuo were arrested Sept. 20 after police developed information that they had been distributing crystal methamphetamine from a rental vehicle in various areas.
At about 9:30 that night, police Crime Reduction Unit officers saw the couple at McDonald's on Puunene Avenue in Kahului. After struggling with and arresting Asuncion-Kalilikane, who was being sought on a no-bail warrant for Drug Court violations, police reported finding thamphetamine in a baggie and glass pipe in his shorts pocket.
Matsuo was reportedly seen throwing a Hello Kitty pouch over a counter at the restaurant while officers were trying to detain Asuncion-Kalilikane. In the pouch, police reported finding plastic packets containing 10.93 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, spoon and empty packets.
She had pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, with a drug paraphernalia charge dismissed. He had pleaded no contest to third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia, with two other drug charges dismissed.
For both defendants, "bad choices" resulted in "very costly consequences," said Deputy Prosecutor Terence Herndon.
Through the Drug Court program, "she had an opportunity to change her life," Herndon said during Matsuo's sentencing.
"Unfortunately, she made some very, very bad choices," Herndon said. "There are tremendous consequences for her actions."
Herndon said Asuncion-Kalilikane had been in the Drug Court program for a while before he decided not to continue participating. "In fact, he committed more crimes," Herndon said.
Asuncion-Kalilikane said he wanted to "own up to my wrongs" after being given a chance to better his life through Drug Court.
"That's how my life was - 10 steps forward, 12 steps back," he said. "I fall down. I pick myself up."
Second Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza followed plea agreements in sentencing the defendants.
As a repeat offender, Matsuo was ordered to serve at least one year and eight months of the five-year prison term in her latest case. For a 2011 case, she was sentenced to a 10-year prison term for second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, five-year prison terms for third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and a 30-day jail term for third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug.
Her probation was revoked, and she was resentenced to five-year prison terms for third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia in a 2009 case.
She will serve all of the prison terms at the same time.
Asuncion-Kalilikane, who was also sentenced as a repeat offender, was ordered to serve the full five years of his prison term for third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug in his latest case.
He was also sentenced to prison or jail terms to be served at the same time for charges in four other 2009 and 2010 cases. The charges in those cases included three counts of first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, six counts of theft of a credit card, five counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, three counts of second-degree forgery, six counts of second-degree theft, attempted second-degree theft, four counts of identity theft, four counts of third-degree theft, attempted third-degree theft, fourth-degree theft and attempted fourth-degree theft.