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15-year sentence handed down in meth, gambling case

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:08 a.m. HST, Dec 28, 2013

Federal prosecutors in Honolulu say a man has been sentenced to 15 years of prison for running an illegal gambling business and for dealing meth.

Lawrence Tuitele was also sentenced to five years' supervised release on Friday.

Prosecutors say the 57-year-old's criminal conduct spanned his entire adult life and that he's never held a legitimate job.

In a plea agreement with the government, he pleaded guilty to charges including operating an illegal gambling business and methamphetamine distribution.

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Mike174 wrote:
A man? That's the best you can do?? Really??
on December 28,2013 | 07:04AM
bluebowl wrote:
A man who has never had a job is a boy.
on December 28,2013 | 07:07AM
cojef wrote:
For the same crime, what did the ex-Major of the HPD receive? Less!
on December 28,2013 | 07:24AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Exactly. The former major should have been given more time as he was entrusted with enforcing the laws. Further, why do we as a city and county accept Tenari Maafala's (HPD officer and president of SHOPO) proclamation that he will not follow the law when it comes to gay marriage? Any officer that disobeys the law should be kept on the force. If we cannot expect a veteran officer to follow one of the laws due to his religious beliefs, how can we as a society expect any citizen to follow the same law? This contradictory acceptance is the same mentality that results in punishments that are lenient toward people such as the major that was handed what amounted to a slap on the wrist. Given that result, it is no surprise that Mr. Maafala has been allowed to get a pass for his unwillingness to follow the law when it comes to something that he decides is not acceptable. In other counties in the United States Mr. Maafala's actions would not be accepted. He would have been suspended and possibly fired if he refused to fully comply with the officer's duty to enforce and obey all of the laws.
on December 29,2013 | 06:01AM
808Cindy wrote:
This boy belongs in PRISON for the rest of his LIFE!
on December 28,2013 | 08:21AM
bullturd wrote:
So what comes first, the 5 years supervised release on Friday, or the 15 years prison sentence. It's like, "Who's on first and what's on second "and third base is "I don't care"
on December 28,2013 | 11:57AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
For his ENTIRE adult life he's been dealing meth-- a TERRIBLE SCOURGE IN OUR ISLANDS-- and yet all he gets is 15 years? How on earth is it possible this guy is not locked up for life? Just disgusting, pathetically horrifying.
on December 30,2013 | 10:19AM
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