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Court: Giacobetti can return to mainland

LIHU‘E — A motion was granted on Tuesday morning by Fifth Circuit Court Chief Judge Randal Valenciano to allow a Moloa‘a man permission to travel back to the Mainland.

Valenciano granted the motion against the state’s objections to allow Jeffrey Anthony Giacobetti, 51, to return to the mainland while out on bail, as long as he remains in compliance with the court’s requests.

Giacobetti was released after posting bail on a $100,000 bond in early November.

Giacobetti has agreed that if Hawai‘i wants him back from the Mainland, he can’t contest the proceedings in the host state, and he must return without an extradition hearing.

According to court documents, Giacobetti will need to purchase a roundtrip ticket, comply with travel requirements by the state and county, and return one month before his scheduled May 7 trial date.

Giacobetti will need to stay in contact with the state Intake Service Center and his attorney Mark Zenger to remain in compliance with his conditional release.

According to court documents, Giacobetti faces charges of criminal property damage, terroristic threatening, violating an order of protection, harassment and stalking, and pled not guilty to the charges on Sept. 29.

During an October hearing, Giacobetti was taken to the Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center after Judge Kathleen Watanabe chose to follow the recommendation of Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jared Brickey, after deliberation between Brickey, Watanabe and Zenger.

Initially, Watanabe revoked his bail, which was later overturned after the case was transferred back to Family Court.

Watanabe followed Brickey’s recommendation because Giacobetti has allegedly continued to violate orders of protection and contacted the alleged victim after posting bail.

Giacobetti hasn’t picked up any new charges since being released from custody in early November.

Giacobetti allegedly violated the protective order, which was filed by the alleged victim in January of this year, court documents show.

The court documents stated that Giacobetti caused the evacuation of an elementary school when he allegedly “recklessly threatened” an 8 year old of a person he was legally restrained from.

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Jason Blasco, reporter, can be reached at 245-0437 or jblasco@thegardenisland.com.
Source: The Garden Island

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