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Bail set at $50K for man who allegedly threatened to kill people

The Maui News

WAILUKU — Bail was set at $50,000 for a 35-year-old man who is facing charges alleging he threatened employees at a business near Kahului Airport.

Morgan Simmons, 35, was arrested Tuesday and charged with four counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.

He allegedly threatened to kill four people multiple times in phone calls March 9, Deputy Prosecutor Lewis Littlepage said during an initial appearance for Simmons on Thursday in Wailuku District Court.

Simmons appeared by videoconference from the Maui Police Department for the hearing.

He asked to be released on supervision. Deputy Public Defender Gustavo Gonzalez said Simmons was arrested when he returned from Portland, Ore., where he went to see Veterans Administration doctors to address mental health and medical issues.

“He has finally gotten his medication under control,” Gonzalez said. “We feel that this behavior that occurred was a direct result of an interpersonal family matter, coupled with him not having the proper medications.”

Littlepage said Simmons was a danger to the community.

“At this point, we feel he does not have it under control because this is a recent episode,” Littlepage said. “He’s got a history of violence. At this point, we feel that he should not be released.”

He said Simmons has convictions for first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal property damage.

He could face a mandatory minimum prison term if convicted in his current case, Littlepage said.

Judge Blaine Kobayashi kept bail at $50,000, based on Simmons’ criminal history and current charges.

“The court believes, under the circumstances, the defendant poses a danger to members of the public,” Kobayashi said.

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