WAILUKU - A Kahului man was sentenced Wednesday to an 18-month jail term for what a judge called "a case of domestic rage times 10."
Rolando Basco Jr., 35, knows he faces deportation to the Philippines because of the convictions, said Deputy Public Defender William "Pili" McGrath.
Basco had pleaded no contest to second-degree assault and first-degree criminal property damage.
He was arrested March 7 after using a hammer to hit a woman's hand and a car, breaking glass and destroying the vehicle, said Deputy Prosecutor Kim Whitworth.
She said the same woman was the victim in Basco's two previous abuse convictions.
"His threats that he's going to kill her are not just exaggerated overdramatic falsehoods. They're credible and supported by the facts," Whitworth said.
In a letter to the court, the woman said that she feared for the safety of her children and herself if Basco were released from jail and returned to her house. She said she had quit her job because Basco had stalked her at work.
"We want to be safe," she said in the letter that Whitworth read in court. "I am thinking what he said before he was arrested, that he will not stop until he kills me."
Whitworth also read from a letter by the woman's 8-year-old daughter with Basco. The girl remembered how when she was 3, Basco would say he was going to kill them. "Now I'm scared cause he's coming out of the jail," the letter said.
"This is not just a person out of control," Whitworth said. "This is a person with a history of domestic violence. This is a person who threatens and carries out those threats."
Saying the family's letters were disturbing, McGrath said he didn't know if Basco realized the emotional damage he caused.
"All I can imagine here is his emotions must have got the best of him," McGrath said.
He said Basco hadn't contacted the woman or his daughter since his arrest. "I don't believe he has any plans to harm these people," McGrath said.
Second Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo followed a plea agreement between the defense and prosecution in sentencing Basco. He also was placed on four years' probation and ordered to pay $799 in restitution.
"This wasn't only a case of domestic rage," she said. "This was a case of domestic rage times 10."
"You created havoc with this hammer," Loo told Basco, noting that he hit the car so hard that glass broke, causing cuts to the woman. "You no longer are a part of this family."
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