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Judge grants early release from probation to two violent convicts

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

On Tuesday, Fifth Circuit Judge Kathleen N.A. Watanabe granted motions for early termination from probation to two separate convicts who had both initially been charged with attempted murder in the second degree, among other charges. Both individuals had served little more than half their five-year terms of probation.

Dominador Padua pled No Contest to first-degree attempted assault, a class B felony, as well as other firearms related charges on May 17, 2012. A class B felony carries a maximum term of 10 years of incarceration. On May 22, 2011, Padua discharged a firearm in his residence through a door, when his then-wife was on the other side. As his former wife was locking the door in an attempt to get away from Padua, he shot her through the door. She proceeded to crawl out the window to a neighbor's house to ask for help. Although the State asked for a 10-year prison term at Padua's sentencing on August 23, 2012, he was sentenced to 18 months jail with credit for time served and five years HOPE Probation.

Kehaunani Kauo also pled No Contest to attempted assault in the first degree, a class B felony. On December 15, 2010, Kauo argued with her then-boyfriend who proceeded to leave the house. Kauo was observed driving fast and running a stop sign before intentionally hitting her boyfriend with her vehicle. The victim ended up on the hood of the car with barbed wire fence over him. He suffered scrapes, lacerations, contusions on his legs, arms and back, and bruised ribs. At her sentencing hearing on October 13, 2011, the State also requested that Kauo be sentenced to 10 years in prison. Again, the Judge sentenced her to 18 months jail with credit for time served and five years on probation.

The State strongly opposed the motions in both cases, noting the seriousness of the defendants' violent conduct and the harm they caused. Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar stated, “The public safety is not protected when defendants who have engaged in violent and dangerous conduct are released from supervision after such a short period.”

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