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Posted: Monday, August 5, 2002 12:00 am

Gerald Clyde Teves, 40, was sentenced to five years imprisonment for theft and bail jumping charges Thursday in 5th Circuit Court in Lihu'e, Judge Clifford Nakea presiding.

While awaiting sentencing, he mouthed words across the courtroom to a woman; his hands and ankles handcuffed and shackled.

A plea agreement from the prosecutor's office dropped several charges and recommended concurrent sentencing.

He pleaded guilty to second-degree theft related to stealing an ATV and trying to sell it; a charge of bail jumping after he didn't show up for a trial for that charge; and a third charge of third-degree theft stemming from Teves' statement that he entered and stole items from a car at Polihale and drove it around with two juveniles.

Teves faced a maximum sentence of 21 years with the plea agreement. He received five years each for the first theft charge (stealing the ATV) and bail jumping and one year for the second theft charge (car at Polihale). All sentences will be served concurrently.

Teves furrowed, raised and pointed his expressive eyebrows, and slouched and shook his shoulders during the sentencing. "If I can take care of this now and move on …" he said after craning and cracking his neck.

Christina "Lehua" Alapai, 22, had her probation revoked and was sentenced to one year imprisonment and five years probation for drug-related violation of a previous probation sentence, which she got for drug-related charges.

Alapai was arrested and brought to the Kauai Community Correctional Center for violating terms of probation last month.

According to prosecutor's records, since April, Alapai tested positive for methamphetamine on three drug tests administered by her probation officer and admitted to using it once. She had also missed three probation meetings. On June 23, she left Aloha House, a drug treatment program, was arrested and returned to KCCC.

Defense attorney Caren Dennemeyer later said Alapai hasn't been using drugs since she found out about the pregnancy.

Alapai may enter a 60-day minimum inpatient drug treatment program after she serves 90 days. Alapai is due to give birth in December.

If she successfully completes the residential drug treatment, outpatient treatment is almost always recommended, Dennemeyer said.

Jared T. Someda, in a plea agreement, was sentenced to terroristic threatening and third-degree assault in connection with assaulting a female inmate at KCCC.

Due to limitations of female facilities, the victim was housed in an adjoining cell to Someda's, which he shared with another male inmate.

While the woman was changing her clothes after taking a shower, Someda tampered with a lock and entered the shower area where he forcibly fondled and kissed her.

Someda was also sentenced to a terroristic threatening charge concerning his ex-girlfriend, whom he implied he would kill.

Someda was sentenced to five years imprisonment for each charge, to be served concurrently.

In another drug case, 25-year-old Patrick Serikawa was sentenced for selling methamphetamine. Serikawa had no prior arrest record.

First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Craig De Costa said the bust came soon after 9/11 and that Serikawa was one of the first persons to bring drugs back to the island after air travel was reinstated.

"You have worked out a good deal and you are to consider yourself very fortunate," Nakea said.

Serikawa was sentenced to one year imprisonment and five years probation, plus fines totaling $2,250.

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