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Makawao woman gets probation with more than 100 prior arrests

January 17, 2013
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - In what a judge called "the deal of the century," a woman with more than 100 prior arrests was placed on probation last week for a series of thefts.

In a rare instance, 2nd Circuit Judge Richard Bissen said he had agreed to follow a plea agreement between the defense and prosecution in sentencing Brianita Ho'opai, 48, of Makawao.

Bissen said he committed to following the plea agreement before seeing a presentence investigation report, produced afterward, detailing Ho'opai's background, which includes 122 arrests and 29 felony convictions.

"I would have to say if I had not agreed to this sentence, you would not be receiving this sentence today," Bissen told Ho'opai. "This is probably the deal of the century."

Ho'opai was ordered to pay $7,498 in restitution as part of her probation.



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