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Crime too serious for probation

January 17, 2013
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - A Kihei woman was arrested after police reported finding more than one ounce of methamphetamine, $13,000 cash and drug notes in a search of her residence. She was sentenced last week to a 10-year prison term.

Caroline Koppen, 51, had asked for a chance on probation so she could "rebuild my life."

But Deputy Prosecutor Timothy Tate argued for the prison term, citing both her drug crimes and her actions while her case has been pending for more than two years.

"The crime is too serious to warrant probation," Tate said.

Koppen's "traumatic past" including her "horrifying childhood," pushed her toward drug use and other problems, he said.

Tate said Koppen, who originally faced a 20-year prison term, was responsible for the crimes. "She can't blame anybody else for what she did," he said.



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