WAILUKU - A 30-year-old Wailuku man was deemed an "epic failure" by a judge Wednesday and given a 10-year prison term for violating probation three times last year.
Alden Kekona's violations included second-degree theft, second-degree robbery, harassment and drug charges. He was finishing 10 years of probation after being convicted of cocaine use and distribution in 2003.
"Your record is horrendous, and you're an extreme high risk to offend again," 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo said.
The violations began in February last year, when police found Kekona and some of his friends doing drugs in a car, Loo said. Kekona was charged with drug paraphernalia and third-degree charges in promoting a dangerous drug and promoting a detrimental drug.
Kekona also was charged with second-degree theft for taking property from a Wailuku man he knew. And, later in March, Kekona threatened to beat up two men and stole $50 dollars from them at Kapuna Bridge in Waihee.
"Two younger men were blowing off steam and minding their own business until you came and terrorized them," Loo said, adding that the men submitted letters to the court for Wednesday's hearing. "They were scared. . . . You had no right to steal from them and terrorize them."
After driving away, Kekona also was charged with harassment and reckless driving when he got into an altercation with a juvenile female who was riding her bicycle near the incident.
Kekona apologized to the victims, his family and the community, saying he would "like to take responsibility for his actions."
Deputy Public Defender William "Pili" McGrath asked the court for five years' probation, which was agreed upon by the state prosecutor.
Kekona "has the abilities and qualities where he will finally succeed," McGrath said. "He's employable and has four children who still call him daddy. If he's put in jail, I don't see how that benefits them."
He maintained that Kekona is not a "major risk to the community" and would look after his family, unlike he did in his 20s.
"He knows the party's over," McGrath said.
While acknowledging that Kekona is "probably a good person sober," Loo said he has "let these drugs sink into (his) pores and skin."
"Most people know they got to work and put food on the table for their children and change their priorities," she said. "You had (probation) double what most people are on and, for whatever reason, violated it for a third time.
"You're a bit of a failure, in fact an epic failure," she said.
Kekona was given five years of prison for offenses committed last year and resentenced to 10 years in jail for his probation violation - all to run concurrently.
* Chris Sugidono can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.