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Man gets angry, mistakenly shoots up food truck

He is sentenced to 10 years in prison

WAILUKU — A 10-year prison term was ordered Thursday for a felon who fired a revolver at a food truck in Kahului, apparently after mistakenly becoming angry at the owner.

“You just took it upon yourself because you thought he did something, which he didn’t do, and you shot up his truck,” 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill said in sentencing Angelo Penque. “A person who has an anger problem and who has possession of weapons and is inclined to use them needs to suffer the consequences.”

Penque, 41, of Wailuku had reached a plea agreement with the prosecution recommending he be placed on probation for his crimes.

In arguing for prison Thursday, Deputy Prosecutor Mike Kagami said Penque violated the terms of the agreement when he didn’t participate in a report prepared for his sentencing, then didn’t show up for his original sentencing date in April.

Penque asked to be sentenced to probation and a shorter jail term so he could go back to work and avoid becoming homeless.

“I’d even take extra probation, years of it,” he said.

While he forgot to show up to probation and for his sentencing, Penque said he hadn’t had any additional police contact since his arrest April 19, 2018, for the shooting.

Police reported Penque went to get his car from a lot on Hookele Street in Kahului after it was towed, saw what looked like charcoal in the car and assumed it was from the nearby barbecue food truck. He used a revolver to shoot the truck, according to the complaint filed against him.

After missing his sentencing date, Penque turned himself in when he learned a warrant had been issued for him, said his attorney John Parker.

“I do my best to correct my mistakes,” Penque said in court. “I work every day. I have loved ones who count on me to provide.”

Penque said he suffers from vertigo and deafness in one ear after being assaulted at the jail.

In two criminal cases, he had pleaded no contest to being a felon in possession of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangering and first-degree bail jumping.

Other charges were dismissed, including one for unauthorized possession of confidential personal information when he gave another man’s name and identification to police.

“Some poor soul is out there being tagged with your criminality,” Judge Cahill said.

He said Penque is a fugitive, with a warrant for his arrest issued in Virginia. Penque likely knew the warrant would be executed only in areas up to the Mississippi River, Cahill said.

Along with a 10-year prison sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm, Penque was sentenced to five-year prison sentences for first-degree reckless endangering and bail jumping. He will serve all the terms at the same time.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.

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