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Woman who hid gun gets four years probation

WAILUKU — A woman who reportedly hid the gun when her husband was arrested in connection with a shooting near the closed Safeway store in Kahului has been placed on four years’ probation. A case is pending against her husband, Manuel Nunes Jr., 37, who has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges.

Blossom Edayan Nunes, 35, was given credit for 22 days she spent in jail.

“She just acted out of spontaneity, loyalty to her husband,” said her attorney, Jon Apo. “She stands here today regretful of her actions, taking responsibility for that.”

In sentencing Edayan Nunes on Feb. 3, 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo followed a plea agreement between the defense and prosecution.

Edayan Nunes had pleaded no contest to keeping ammunition in an improper place and first-degree hindering prosecution. A charge of keeping a pistol in an improper place was dismissed in exchange for her pleas.

The shooting was reported at about 4 a.m. Sept. 12, 2019, on Hoohana Street.

At a preliminary hearing a few days later, a 28-year-old man testified he had stopped at the closed Safeway store and found his brother in an altercation with Manuel Nunes. The victim said he got between his brother and Nunes and traded words with Nunes before turning to walk away.

The victim was shot in the back of his head and upper back.

Police said the weapon was a1942 U.S. Navy World War II MKV signal flare pistol loaded with a 12-gauge birdshot shotgun shell.

“It was a very dangerous situation,” said Judge Loo.

Police reported that a gun fell out of the Nunes couple’s shopping cart.

“For some reason, you decided to pick it up and walk off with it, whether to protect him or hide it,” Judge Loo told Edayan Nunes. “You probably should have left it where it was.”

Police recovered a Winchester bullet from her wallet.

Although Edayan Nunes had missed appointments while she was released on bail, she had worked on getting housing and participating in intensive outpatient drug treatment, Apo said.

He said he wanted to “highlight the progress she has made from going homeless in that Ross environment to picking herself up, taking care of her son and trying to get through this whole ordeal with her and her son.”

Edayan Nunes was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

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

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