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Fine, probation ordered in case of cockfighting

WAILUKU – A Wailuku man was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine after he was arrested when police raided a cockfighting game three years ago.

David Makua Jr., 52, was given a chance to keep a charge of first-degree promoting gambling off his record if he follows court requirements for the next four years.

He had pleaded no contest to the charge, with other charges dismissed in exchange for his plea.

As part of his sentence imposed Jan. 14, Makua was prohibited from participating in gambling activities in the state.

“Since they’re all illegal, you can’t be doing it anyway,” 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill told Makua.

He was arrested the night of Nov. 22, 2017, when police broke up the cockfighting in the Happy Valley area of Wailuku.

Defense attorney Benjamin Acob said Makua didn’t profit from the activity, which had just started when police showed up. Makua returned money to those who had placed bets, Acob said.

Deputy Prosecutor Mike Kagami said the house’s take would have been about $4,000.

Along with his full-time job, Makua recently got a boat captain’s license “so he has no time to do illegal activity that could be happening on weekends,” Acob said.

Co-defendant Douglas Kaleikini, 32, of Wailuku was placed on one year’s probation when he was sentenced Dec. 18.

He had pleaded no contest to second-degree promoting gambling, second-degree cruelty to animals and second-degree possession of gambling records.

Kaleikini was ordered not to gamble and not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs.

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

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