Kapa‘a man found innocent on gun charges

LIHU‘E — The case of three co-defendants facing assault weapons and ammunition charges was settled in different matters in 5th Circuit Court.

A jury returned a not guilty verdict Tuesday, following a partial verdict Friday for Alfredo Asuncion, 74, of Kapa‘a. He had been charged with an unlawful place to keep ammunition, and two counts of ownership or possession of firearms or ammunition that is prohibited by a person convicted of a felony.

Asuncion and co-defendants Henry N. Rabot and Shawn Aviguetero faced nine charges collectively from the incidents dating back to February 2010. Asuncion chose the jury trial process, and the five-day trial concluded Thursday with the verdict taking an additional day after the holiday.

Chief Judge Randal Valenciano presided. Defense attorney Warren Perry represented Asuncion and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Melinda Mendes represented the state.

Rabot, 76, of Kapa‘a, was charged with two counts of an unlawful place to keep his unloaded Ruger mini-thirty rifle. He pleaded no contest on March 13, and his sentencing with Judge Valenciano is scheduled May 31.

Aviguetero, 29, of Hanapepe, was charged with unlawfully keeping an unloaded Polytech AK-47/S rifle, and a separate charge for its ammunition. He was also charged with acquiring the AK-47/S without a permit.

Represented by attorney June Ikemoto, Aviguetero pleaded no contest to two counts of a “place to keep ammunition” charge on March 19. His sentencing is scheduled with Judge Valenciano on May 31.

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