Kauai meth dealer sentenced to 20 years in prison

Kauai meth dealer sentenced to 20 years in prison

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Samuel K. Lanning, age 41, of Lihue, was sentenced on Wednesday to 20 years in prison for four class B drug felonies involving large amounts of crystal methamphetamine.

Fifth Circuit Judge Kathleen N.A. Watanabe handed down the sentence after hearing arguments from Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jennifer S. Winn and court-appointed defense counsels Warren C.R. Perry and Mark Zenger.

Lanning was sentenced in three separate cases that occurred in 2012 on Kauai, which led to the recovery of more than 90 grams of crystal meth and $8,000 in cash. He entered no contest pleas on December 8, 2014 to four counts of Promoting a Dangerous Drug in the Second degree, all class B felonies.

Lanning was sentenced to the maximum 10-year prison term on each of the four charges. The sentences in one case will run consecutively to the other cases, for a total of 20 years in prison.

Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar stated, "Meth steals lives and the dealers who sell it are predators. We take their crimes seriously and we will do everything possible to protect this community from those who would profit from selling this terrible drug."

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