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HPD Officer Sentenced For Federal Drug Offenses

Alvin Nishimura Alvin Nishimura
Alvin Nishimura Alvin Nishimura

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A Honolulu police officer who violated his oath by dealing drugs while on the job learns his punishment.

Federal agents raided a townhouse unit in Kaaawa in March 2005. Officer Robert Sylva was accused of dealing drugs out of the studio unit.

The 22-year veteran of the police department later pleaded guilty.

Thursday, a federal judge sentenced him to 65 months in prison.

His attorney says the officer's downward spiral began after his father, mother, and 12-year-old son died.

"He actually had to pull the plug on both his mom and his son," Alvin Nishimura, defense attorney, said. "So in that short a period of time, he was just devastated. And I think that caused a lack of judgment on his part."

"He left from H.P.D. while in uniform, went to the scene where he sold the drugs," Michael Kawahara, assistant U.S. attorney, said. "And he was wearing this uniform and badge the entire time."

Sylva is expected to serve his time at a California facility.

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