Two Defendants Indicted For Oahu Game Room Robbery, Drug Trafficking, and "Ghost Gun" Possession
News Release from US DoJ, Sept 17, 2021
HONOLULU – A federal grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging Makoa K.F. Wilson, 26, and Jessica R. Lorrin, 30, both residents of Oahu, with the gunpoint robbery of an Oahu game room establishment. The indictment also charges Wilson and Lorrin with possession of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; with possession of a privately made firearm—commonly referred to as a “ghost gun”—in furtherance of that drug trafficking crime; and with possession of ammunition after having each sustained a felony conviction.
Judith A. Philips, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii, said that according to the indictment, Wilson and Lorrin committed an armed robbery at an illegal game room on Keaulana Avenue on July 15, 2020.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: In 2020 Wilson was already out on the street after his 2019 sentencing to '10 years' in the State case below.)
Acting U.S. Attorney Philips emphasized the continued commitment of the U.S. Attorney’s Office to combating illegal game room activity, as well as the robberies, drug trafficking, firearm offenses, and other crimes frequently associated with them.
If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on the robbery charge, a minimum of ten years and up to life in prison on the methamphetamine trafficking charge, a mandatory five years in prison consecutive to the term of imprisonment on the drug charge, and up to ten years in prison for possession of the ammunition. An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Acting U.S. Attorney Philips recognized the investigative work of Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) and the assistance of the Honolulu Police Department (“HPD”) that resulted in this indictment. Assistant U.S. Attorney Micah Smith is handling the prosecution.
On December 12, 2017, in a related case, a grand jury indicted Wilson for Robbery in the First Degree. A bench warrant was issued. He was arrested on March 20, 2018, and confined in the Oahu Community Correctional Center. His motion for supervised release was granted on July 24, 2018, and he was released to his mother. He violated the terms of supervised release. A warrant for his arrest was issued on August 29, 2018.
On October 9, 2018, a Honolulu Police Department patrol officer spotted a minivan that was described in an all points broadcast concerning a burglary in progress involving three armed males. The minivan was parked in a parking lot. The officer approached the minivan, recognized Wilson sitting in the driver's seat, and was aware of Wilson's outstanding warrant. The officer saw Wilson reach down and toss a silver revolver toward the rear of the minivan. The officer arrested Wilson and recovered the gun, which was loaded with six rounds.
On October 11, 2018, Wilson was charged with (1) Place to Keep Pistol or Revolver, in violation of Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) § 134-25; and (2) Ownership or Possession Prohibited of Any Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Indicted for Certain Crimes, in violation of HRS § 134-7(b) and (h). The felony information alleged that Wilson may be subject to sentencing in accordance with HRS §§ 706-661 and 706-662(4)(a) by reason of being sentenced for two or more felonies, and that an extended term of imprisonment may be necessary for the protection of the public. On January 11, 2019, Wilson pled no contest to each charge.
Wilson's sentencing hearing took place on March 29, 2019. The State requested an indeterminate 10-year term for possessing a firearm while under indictment and attempting to rob two illegal gambling rooms.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: He was out on the street by 2020.)