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Haiku man who distributed drugs gets 10 years in prison

Logan Brown Silverstein was arrested with several types of illegal drugs

WAILUKU — A Haiku man who admitted distributing illegal drugs when he was arrested with methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin and oxycodone pills was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison.

“It’s bad enough that you’re fueling your own addiction,” 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo said. “But you’re fueling other people’s addiction as well.”

Brown Silverstein, 31, had agreed to be sentenced to the prison term as part of a plea agreement reducing some charges and dismissing others, said Deputy Public Defender Ben Lowenthal.

“Logan is a member of our community who has done some very terrible things, not just to himself but to our community, and he is paying the price today,” Lowenthal said.

Brown Silverstein had pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree promoting of a dangerous drug, attempted second-degree promoting of a dangerous drug and third-degree promoting of a dangerous drug.

He has prior convictions for second-degree assault, first-degree terroristic threatening, third-degree promoting of a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

In his latest case, Brown Silverstein was arrested Jan. 15 when police executed search warrants for him, his residence and vehicle. Police reported finding 35.72 grams of methamphetamine, 5.45 grams of marijuana, 47 oxycodone pills, 20.85 grams of heroin, nearly $5,000 in cash and a stun gun.

Lowenthal said Brown Silverstein grew up in Haiku and “came from a supportive and loving family.”

When his father died, “he did not respond well to it and the family grieved for a long time,” Lowenthal said.

He said the Hawaii Paroling Authority would determine how much time Brown Silverstein would have to serve before being eligible for parole.

“There is hope for people like Logan,” Lowenthal said. “He is very intelligent, and his mother stands by him — not for what he did, but supports him.

“He is very lucky for that.”

Brown Silverstein said he was sorry to his mother, who was in the courtroom gallery Wednesday.

“I love her,” he said. “I know I made mistakes and I’m going to pay for what I’ve done.”

Judge Loo said Brown Silverstein was fortunate to have support from his mother, as well as from friends and other family members who wrote letters for him.

“Some people don’t have anybody to stand in their corner,” Loo said.

Brown Silverstein worked in restaurants and the food industry, and he said in his letter to the court that he distributed drugs to support his addiction, cover his expenses and buy luxury items such as a car.

“All the wrong reasons,” Loo said.

In other sentencings Wednesday:

• A 62-year-old Wailuku man was ordered to pay $1,662 in restitution after he was seen with a stolen moped last year.

Darrell Planas had pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of third-degree theft.

The moped had been rented in 2017 by a man who was visiting from the Mainland for his brother’s wedding, said Deputy Prosecutor Joanne Hicks. She said the man had to pay the rental company for the moped after it was stolen.

The money “was all he had at the time, and it put him in a bad state,” Hicks said.

Planas got the moped from someone else but didn’t want to say who, said Deputy Public Defender Tyler Stevenson. He said Planas was found with the moped in February 2018.

Planas said he asked the seller if the moped was stolen.

“He said no, so I trusted him,” Planas said.

Judge Loo said Planas should have known something was wrong when he heard the price.

“Who’s going to sell you a $1,600 moped for $150?” she said. “If it’s too good to be true, it’s too good to be true.”

Planas also was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service as part of one year’s probation. He was given credit for six days he previously spent in jail. He was ordered to write a letter apologizing to the victim.

• A 19-year-old Kahului man was given a chance to keep convictions off his record if he follows court requirements for the next year.

Sean Gaoat had pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of promoting a harmful drug in the fourth-degree and underage drinking in connection with his arrest Nov. 24 at McGregor Point in Maalaea.

At the time, Gaoat had been “hanging out with the wrong crowd,” Stevenson said. He said Gaoat was now was working and has been sober since April.

“People know what goes on at McGregor Point a little after midnight,” Judge Loo said. “Stolen vehicles show up there, a lot of hard partying. You’re supposed to improve as you age. You’re not supposed to increase from beer to drugs to something worse.

“You’re very, very young and you got a very good life ahead of you.”

Gaoat was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and was given credit for one day he spent in jail.

Noting that Gaoat just turned 19, Loo said, “I want you to have many more birthdays.”

“I hope you learn from this step off into the wild side,” she said.

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