Man pleads guilty in shooting in volcano evacuation zone

By – Associated Press – Tuesday, March 12, 2019

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) – A Big Island man who fired a gun during an encounter with lava evacuees during the Kilauea volcano eruption last year has pleaded guilty to felony charges.

West Hawaii Today reports John Hubbard pleaded guilty Friday in state court to five counts of terroristic threatening.

Hubbard also pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court last week to felon in possession of a firearm.

In exchange for Hubbard’s plea, Big Island prosecutors dismissed other charges against him, including reckless endangering and carrying a firearm in commission of a separate felony.

Ethan Edwards testified last year that Hubbard pointed the gun at him and fired at least two shots during the encounter in the Leilani Estates neighborhood in May 2018.

Hubbard is scheduled to be sentence in federal court on June 17.

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Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday

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