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Man gets 1 year in jail for hitting bicyclist with baton

WAILUKU — A one-year jail term has been ordered for a man who used a baton to hit and chase another man who was bicycling to work in Lahaina.

Adrian Sugiyama, 35, was given a “last chance” on probation as part of his sentence imposed Nov. 27.

He had pleaded no contest to second-degree assault.

As part of a plea agreement dismissing a first-degree terroristic threatening charge, the prosecution and defense recommended a six-month jail term and probation for Sugiyama.

Second Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo questioned why Sugiyama should be placed on probation, noting he committed the crime six days after being released from jail.

At about 6:30 a.m. June 12, Sugiyama began yelling at Quintin Delaginte as he was bicycling down Lahainaluna Road to go to work. At the intersection with Wainee Street, Sugiyama swung a yellow broomstick with a baton at Delaginte, hitting him on the shoulder, according to police.

When Delaginte tried to run, Sugiyama was still holding the broomstick as he chased the other man, police said.

Deputy Public Defender Danielle Sears said Sugiyama was “in a homeless situation and was having a hard time.”

“He was misunderstanding the situation,” she said. “He was worried that his belongings would be stolen like they had before.”

Sears said Sugiyama planned to find housing when he is released from jail.

“He has a plan to engage in probation this time,” she said.

Judge Loo said Sugiyama had reported to his probation officer only two times since being placed on probation in September 2018.

“You haven’t been cooperating at all with your probation officer,” she told Sugiyama.

He said he was trying to change his life.

Loo said she didn’t know why Sugiyama had a baton that day.

“You’re not a band leader, you’re not a baton twirler,” she said.

Delaginte “happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Loo said.

“Luckily, he wasn’t harmed very much,” she said. “But I think you scared the bejesus out of him.”

Sugiyama has already spent more than five months in jail.

As part of four years’ probation, he was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service and complete anger management treatment. He was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to write a letter apologizing to Delaginte.

In three 2018 criminal cases, Sugiyama’s probation was revoked, and he was resentenced to probation for third-degree promoting of a dangerous drug and two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

“This is your last chance on probation,” Loo told Sugiyama.

In another sentencing Nov. 27, a Kahului woman was placed on four years’ probation for reaching into a vehicle and trying to assault another woman after a high school football game at War Memorial Stadium last year.

Cheryl Freitas had pleaded no contest to first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, with charges of third-degree assault, second-degree terroristic threatening and harassment dismissed in exchange for her plea.

The victim works at Lahainaluna High School, where Freitas’ teenage son is a student, and had access to confidential information about the boy, said defense attorney Cody Minatodani. She said Freitas felt the victim misused the information.

Her feelings as a mom “blinded her to other ways she could have handled the situation,” Minatodani said.

She said Freitas’ two older daughters are in relationships with two of the victim’s nephews “so their lives are intertwined.”

During the football game Sept. 1, 2018, Freitas was “egging on” the other woman and saying she was going to punch her in the face, Judge Loo noted.

In the parking lot after the game was over, Freitas reached through the window of the other woman’s vehicle and tried to pull her hair or assault her, Loo said.

“When I attend a high school football game at War Memorial Stadium, I expect the fights will be between opposing players and on the football field,” Loo said. “I do not expect the fight to be between opposing parents in the parking lot of the football stadium.”

Noting that the two families are interwoven, Loo said, “This was a family feud.”

“This is not a game show,” she said. “This is real life, and in real life we do not handle these kind of disagreements in this fashion.

“You are 47. This is the kind of behavior of a 7-year-old.”

The judge denied Freitas’ request for a chance to keep the conviction off her record, noting she had twice received deferrals in the past.

She was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service and to have no contact with the victim and her husband.

Freitas was ordered to write letters apologizing to the couple, to be given to her probation officer. She was ordered not to be within 100 yards of the couple.

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

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