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Habitual DUI leads to prison

WAILUKU — A Kihei man with two previous DUI convictions was sentenced Thursday to a five-year prison term for habitually driving under the influence of alcohol.

Sosefo Mahoni, 39, pleaded no contest to the habitual DUI charge. He agreed to appear by videoconference from the Maui Community Correctional Center for the hearing in 2nd Circuit Court.

Before imposing the sentence, Judge Kelsey Kawano noted that Mahoni was convicted of DUI in February 2015 and October 2020.

He again was arrested for DUI on Nov. 14 and was charged with the felony offense of habitually operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant based on having at least two prior convictions within 10 years of his latest arrest.

Deputy Public Defender Heather Wolfenbarger said Mahoni had been interested in pursuing treatment, but his options were limited because he is serving a prison sentence in another case.

Mahoni was incarcerated for a parole violation in that case, said Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Teshima.

Court records show that in May 2003, Mahoni was sentenced to a 20-year prison term for first-degree robbery.

After his arrest in November, Mahoni’s driver’s license was revoked for three years.

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