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Hilo Man Sentenced to 10 Years on Drug, Firearm Offenses

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Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura has sentenced a 38-year-old Hilo man to 10 years in prison for a variety of drug and firearm offenses and for breaking into a motor vehicle.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jason Skier said Jason K. Moke pleaded guilty in July to promoting a dangerous drug and illegal possessing of a firearm while a convicted felon as well having as a prohibited firearm. Moke also acknowledged that he had violated his probation by breaking into a vehicle and possessing drug paraphernalia.

The offenses stem from Moke’s arrest in August 2011, when police responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Kaiwiki Road found him asleep in the car. As he was arrested on two no-bail warrants for revocation of bail, police observed a glass pipe in plain view.

A subsequent investigation turned up a pipe containing a small amount of methamphetamine, a Ruger .22 caliber rifle that had been sawed-off to a length of 10 inches and 24 rounds of ammunition.


Nakamura on Monday ordered that Moke’s 10-year sentence will be in addition to an indeterminate sentence of 10 years for violating probation, Skier said. Citing Moke’s extensive criminal history and the combination of drug and firearms offense, Nakamura rejected Moke’s request for concurrent sentencing.



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