09/29/2006

Hawaii officer who sold meth gets prison

The Associated Press
 
HONOLULU- A Honolulu police officer who sold methamphetamine while in uniform was sentenced Thursday to five years and five months in prison.

Fifty-year-old Robert Henry Sylva is no longer with H-P-D.

Sylva -- a 22-year veteran of the force -- had pleaded guilty to selling three ounces of meth to a police informant in March 2005 in a parking lot on Ward Avenue.

Two other charges of selling meth were dropped.

Assistant U-S Attorney Michael Kawahara told U-S District Judge David Ezra that through Sylva's cooperation his supplier was prosecuted and sentenced to ten years in prison.

Under federal guidelines, Sylva could have received from seven years and three months to nine years in prison.

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