Kekaha man sentenced to prison after probation revoked

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A Kekaha man was sentenced Monday to five years in prison after his probation was revoked.

Twenty-four-year-old Dylan Crowell had been in custody since May 2 in lieu of a $50,000 cash bail.

In August of 2015, Crowell pled no contest to a charge of theft in the second degree, a class C felony.

On October 29, 2015, he was sentenced to nine months jail and four years HOPE Probation (Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement).

Crowell was released from jail on March 26 of this year.

He had his first probation violation hearing on April 13 for failing to report for a urinalysis on April 4 and admitting to using methamphetamine. He was immediately sanctioned to serve six days jail for that violation.

He was back in court on April 25 for failing to obtain a court-ordered substance abuse evaluation, failing to report for another urinalysis, failing to report to probation, and admitting to using methamphetamine. He was sanctioned to serve 30 days in jail for those violations.

On May 2, Crowell was given special permission to leave the jail to attend his grandfather’s funeral. When Crowell returned, however, he tested positive for methamphetamine. As a result of this violation, the court revoked his probation and sentenced him to the open five-year prison term.

In imposing the sentence, Judge Kathleen Watanabe noted that Crowell had shown absolutely no interest in obtaining the treatment he needed to live a law-abiding life.

Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar stated that “HOPE is a program that works only if the probationer is invested in their own success and willing to do the hard work needed to get clean and sober. For those unwilling to do that work, the alternative is prison. We hope this defendant will do his time and ultimately decide to make those changes in his life.”

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