REPORT FROM MAUI COUNTY – LĪHU’E – Jesse Olanolan, 43 of Hanalei, was today sentenced to a five-year open prison term by Fifth Circuit Chief Judge Randal G. B. Valenciano.
Olanolan received the sentence after having his probation revoked in a 2004 case in which he was convicted of intimidating two witnesses who were scheduled to testify against him. As part of today’s proceeding, Olanolan was also sentenced for a 2010 domestic violence case in which he entered no contest pleas.
First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kevin K. Takata represented the State of Hawaii. Olanolan was represented by Craig A. De Costa, Esq., on the domestic violence case, and Warren Perry, Esq., on the probation revocation.
Takata requested that the Court impose consecutive terms of imprisonment for the two cases, noting Olanolan’s extensive criminal history, which includes 80 arrests and 38 convictions, as well as his repeated history of failing at probation. De Costa and Perry, on behalf of Olanolan, argued in favor of another opportunity for probation. The Court granted neither request, instead sentencing Olanolan to concurrent prison terms.
“Although the Court denied our request for consecutive terms, we are pleased that Mr. Olanolan will finally face meaningful consequences for his crimes,” stated Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar. “This defendant has created a lot of problems on the North Shore. Removing him from the community is unfortunately the only way to ensure public safety. We thank our public safety partners for helping us achieve this result, which was a long time in coming.”