WAILUKU - A Wailuku man was sentenced Thursday to prison terms totaling 15 years after being found with drugs and guns during arrests over a nearly three-year period.
One of Wilson Keahi Jr.'s recent arrests occurred three days after he was placed on probation for escape and drug charges, said his attorney Sam MacRoberts.
Because Keahi hadn't signed his probation documents, he could have fought the probation violation allegations, as well as another case for which he was arrested more than six months after the charges had been filed, MacRoberts said.
Keahi, 48, instead chose to admit to the probation violation and enter no-contest pleas in four cases, he said.
"I not too proud of my actions," Keahi said in court. "In fact, I not proud at all. But I am going to seek treatment while incarcerated."
MacRoberts and Deputy Public Defender William "Pili" McGrath had argued for a 10-year prison term for Keahi, saying it would be long enough.
"You have a man here who was on a drug run, acquired some firearms he couldn't really have and now he's in jail," McGrath said. "The primary people that are hurt are him and, of course, his family."
Keahi had pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, three counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, four counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, two counts of keeping a pistol or revolver in an improper place, not having a license to carry a firearm, two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of being a felon in possession of ammunition and third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug.
The charges stemmed from four cases, beginning with Keahi's arrest in October 2011 on Front Street in Lahaina. When officers executed a warrant to search the vehicle he was driving, police reported finding a scale and 13 grams of methamphetamine.
In June 2012, Keahi was again arrested by police officers investigating suspicious activity near Mile Marker 14 on Honoapiilani Highway. Police reported using a Taser to subdue Keahi, who was found to have methamphetamine and a .357 Magnum revolver with four live bullets in the chamber and two spent casings from fired bullets. Another 13 bullets also were recovered.
Six months later, in December 2012, Keahi was found with a smoking pipe containing crystal methamphetamine residue during an arrest in Lahaina, according to police.
A no-bail warrant had been issued for Keahi when police located him June 24 down a steep, rocky road near McGregor Point in Maalaea. After executing a search warrant on his vehicle the next day, police reported recovering 5.87 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 10 oxycodone pills, marijuana and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Also found were 196 rounds of armor-piercing 9mm ammunition and 321 rounds of .22 long rifle ammunition.
"Very often men who become involved with methamphetamine seem to develop a need to have guns around," McGrath said. "The good news is they don't have a need to shoot anyone."
Deputy Prosecutor Carson Tani noted that Keahi had a large number of rounds of ammunition, including "the type of ammunition that can kill people with body armor."
Before the current cases, Keahi's criminal history included 149 arrests and 24 convictions, Tani said.
"That's a very good barometer of what's going to happen in the future," Tani said in arguing for the 15-year prison term for Keahi. "He's a convicted felon. He knew he wasn't supposed to be in possession of a firearm.
"Why would somebody have that amount of rounds unless they expected at some point to use it?" he asked.
Citing Keahi's history and what happened in his cases, 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill sentenced Keahi to prison terms totaling 15 years. Keahi also was ordered to serve at least one year and eight months in prison before being eligible for parole.