LIHU’E — The court granted a Kapa‘a man, who the court found guilty of three felonies Monday morning, conditional supervised release on Wednesday morning in Fifth Circuit Court.
Travis Shimomura, 36, who appeared by phone from the O‘ahu Community Correctional Facility, was found guilty on charges that dated back to February 2019.
The charges included: ownership of a firearm by a convicted felon, terroristic threatening in the third degree and possession of methamphetamine.
Shimomura will be sentenced on April 7, and will complete a drug treatment program as part of the conditions of his supervised release before his sentencing.
Shimomura is to report to the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Honolulu on Thursday to start his treatment.
Fifth Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Watanabe made it clear to Shimomura that if he violates any condition of his probation that he will face the maximum term in prison of 40 years.
Though Shimomura is eligible for the maximum term, the state of Hawai‘i is requesting this plea bargain, and he will not face the full sentence if his supervised release is successful.
It was unclear as of press time of the length of his supervised release, which will be determined during his sentencing pending a successful stint in drug rehabilitation.
“If you do well in treatment, you will be reaping the benefits,” Watanabe told Shimomura in court.
In February of 2019, Shimomura was arrested after allegedly pulling a gun on people outside of St. Catherine School in Kapa‘a.
Shimomura, with Kylie Lanning, led police on a high-speed chase up Kawaihau Road after Shimomura allegedly threatened a man and a woman in front of St. Catherine School not long before class let out for the school’s kindergarten through eighth-grade students.
Court records show Shimomura pleaded guilty to two felony counts of forgery and a misdemeanor theft charge in 2003, for which he was sentenced to five years’ probation and six months in jail, minus time already served.
Nearly a year later, Shimomura was arrested for a parole violation and given an additional prison sentence.
According to the previous article, Shimomura was paroled about seven years later, but violated the conditions of his release and was again wanted by police prior to his arrest in February of 2019 detailing the alleged incident at St. Catherine School.
Shimomura is scheduled for sentencing on April 7.
Jason Blasco, reporter, can be reached at 245-0437 or email@example.com.
Source: The Garden Island