State v. FleetwoodAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court vacated the judgment on appeal of the intermediate court of appeals (ICA) to the extent that it affirmed the circuit court's order of resentencing and revocation of probation, holding that the ICA gravely erred in affirming the order of resentencing and revocation of probation.
Defendant pled guilty to two counts of sexual assault in the second degree. The circuit court sentenced Defendant to probation. Defendant later left Hawai'i to visit his father while in Louisiana. In Louisiana, Defendant was arrested for an outstanding warrant from a previous sexual assault in Arkansas. After Defendant failed to report to his probation officer the State filed a motion for revocation of probation. The circuit court found that Defendant inexcusably violated a substantial condition of probation by failing to report to his probation officer and resentenced Defendant. The ICA affirmed. The Supreme Court vacated the judgment, holding that the circuit court abused its discretion in using Defendant's argument that he did not inexcusably violate the terms of his probation as a basis for imposing a harsher sentence in contravention of the rule adopted by the Supreme Court in Stat v. Kamano, 82 P.3d 401 (2003).