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DATE: August 31, 2016
CASE: Abelino Nunez (Case #13F08143)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Nicholas Johnson, Felony Prosecution
Abelino Nunez was convicted by a jury of attempted first-degree murder with personal use and discharge of a weapon allegations found true. Nunez was also convicted of assault with a semiautomatic pistol, felony evading an officer with wanton disregard for public safety, hit and run, driving under the influence, bribery of a public official, and being a felon in possession of a handgun.
On December 16, 2013, Abelino Nunez was escorted out of the La Cabana Bar by security because he was intoxicated and tried to start a fight. Nunez got into his car and pulled up to the front of the bar, where he motioned to the bouncer to come closer to his car. Nunez then fired several shots. The bouncer dove behind a rock wall to avoid being hit. One bullet entered the bar and another became embedded in a rock wall where the victim dove. When police officers responded to the scene, a witness pointed out Nunez’s car. Officers pursued Nunez and a high speed chase ensued. Nunez reached speeds in excess of 90 MPH, running multiple red lights and stop signs, and driving in the opposite lane of traffic before crashing into a parked truck. Nunez took off on foot, but was quickly detained. A test of his blood alcohol revealed that he was two and a half times above the legal limit. Nunez then offered one of the officers up to $25,000 if she would let him go.
Nunez faces a maximum potential sentence of 31 years, 4 months to life in prison. Sentencing is set for October 21, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in Department 11 before the Honorable Trena Burger-Plavan.
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