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After 3 chances, man sent to prison

Defendant failed to complete drug court program, continued crimes

WAILUKU — Prison terms totaling 10 years were ordered for a man who was given three chances to participate in the Maui Drug Court program of intensive treatment and supervision.

Royce Faraon, 31, failed to complete the program each time and went on to commit additional felony property crimes, victimizing dozens of people over a decade, said Deputy Prosecutor Kenton Werk.

He said Faraon’s actions “drive home the point that he is not interested in treatment, recovery and following the law.”

“For the protection of the citizens of Maui County, this defendant needs to be locked away for a long time,” Werk said in arguing for the 10-year prison sentence Feb. 5.

Faraon had asked for a chance to participate in a long-term residential drug treatment program on Oahu.

“He’s certainly deserving of saving from prison,” said Faraon’s attorney, John Parker.

Second Circuit Judge Richard Bissen questioned what Faraon’s chances of success would be, after he twice agreed to be terminated from participating in the Drug Court program.

Deputy Public Defender Selina Swatek said that while Drug Court didn’t work for Faraon, “he seems particularly open to treatment at this time.”

In three criminal cases from 2016 and 2019, Faraon was convicted of two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, 14 counts of second-degree theft, 13 counts of second-degree burglary, seven counts of fourth-degree criminal property damage, two counts of third-degree criminal property damage, second-degree unauthorized entry into a dwelling, fourth-degree theft and third-degree theft.

Faraon was first admitted into Drug Court in 2010 after “he went on a crime spree” in 2009 when he was 21 years old, Werk said. He said Faraon didn’t comply with program rules, was terminated from participation and was sentenced to prison for 23 felony convictions.

After being released, “he demonstrated he was undeterred” and went on another crime spree at age 28, victimizing 12 people, Werk said. He said Faraon was given another chance to enter Drug Court in 2018 at age 30.

“As soon as he was released, he absconded,” Werk said.

Over the prosecution’s objection, Faraon was given a third chance to enter Drug Court in February 2019, Werk said. “After only six weeks in the program, he absconded again and committed felony property crimes, victimizing more of Maui’s citizens,” Werk said.

He said that in a statement to the court, Faraon wrote, “Being in prison is where I should be.”

Faraon said the prosecution was right.

“I had many chances in my life, and I took them for granted,” he said.

Faraon said he started smoking crystal methamphetamine at a young age. “But that’s no excuse,” he said. “Because I was taught right from wrong.”

“I did do hurt to the community,” he said. “Really, really, I deserve for be in prison.”

But he said prison wasn’t an environment for learning and asked for another chance at treatment.

“No matter what the outcome, it’s going start one new chapter in my life, and I going start it on a positive note,” Faraon said. “I apologize for the hurt I caused the community. I would never do that right now. My mind is clear now.”

Judge Bissen said Faraon was being honest with himself so he could make changes in his life.

“But there’s no doubt you’ve done lots of damage to this community,” Bissen said. “And there’s also no doubt you’ve had lots of opportunity to change.”

Bissen ordered that Faraon serve one prison sentence consecutively for a total of 10 years.

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