Woman sentenced to 1 year in jail for attempted assault

The Maui News

WAILUKU — Although a woman said her time in the Maui Community Correctional Center had “corrected me so much,” a judge found that didn’t appear to be the case and sentenced the defendant to a one-year jail term for trying to assault a man.

Kathy Koebberling, 57, also was placed on four years’ probation Wednesday.

She had pleaded no contest to attempted second-degree assault and two counts of fourth-degree criminal property damage.

Deputy Prosecutor Carson Tani said a man and his girlfriend were behind their vehicle in Wailea on May 11 when Koebberling approached them and started threatening the man. After he told her to leave, she tried to flatten the car’s tire with a sickle, Tani said.

When the man told her to stop, “she did stop and left, but then came back with a hammer,” Tani said.

He said Koebberling tried to hit the man with the hammer and he defended himself with a metal bar that he got from his car. The man was able to get the hammer away from Koebberling, and police were called, Tani said.

A plea agreement recommended probation for Koebberling, who spent about two months in jail before she was released. When she didn’t show up for her sentencing Jan. 27, she was arrested and spent another four months in jail, Tani said.

Speaking in court, Koebberling said, “This correctional center I have been in, it has corrected me so much.”

“Yes, it was wrong of me to get so upset that day and use a racial slur,” she said. “That is not the right way to treat anybody.

“But that did not have anything to do with him coming at me with a metal bar. He grabbed the hammer out of my hand. My hand was bleeding.”

She said the man owed her money and was refusing to pay her back.

“No matter what happens, I want him to go to jail,” she said. “I’m not angry about anything except he lied, it got distorted.”

His tire wasn’t damaged by the sickle, Koebberling said.

Second Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo said police reported finding the sickle in the car tire.

“It was clear you were the instigator,” Loo said.

When officers arrived, they heard Koebberling yelling profanities.

“You were a hot drunken mess,” Loo told Koebberling.

Loo said Koebberling continued her “drunken rampage” in the processing room at the police station when she picked up a phone and slammed it against a window.

“I think I’m hearing here that MCCC did not correct you after all,” the judge said.

Koebberling was ordered to pay $112 in restitution and to perform 200 hours of community service. She also was ordered to complete anger management treatment and to write letters apologizing to the victims.


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