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Hilo Man Faces Firearms, Ammunition Charges

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A Big Island man with prior felony convictions now faces several charges following the execution of a search warrant last week.

Duane Ho‘ohuli

According to a news release from the county prosecuting attorney’s office, 60-year-old Duane Ho‘ohuli of Hilo was charged as being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition following the execution of a search warrant by members of the Hawai’i Police Department’s Area I Vice Section on April 8 at a property on East Palai Street in Hilo.

As the complaint alleges, Ho‘ohuli, a repeat offender with prior felony convictions for place to keep loaded firearms other than pistols and revolvers, ownership or possession prohibited and second-degree promoting a dangerous drug, was charged with two counts of ownership or possession of firearm prohibited and two counts of ownership or possession of ammunition prohibited.

If convicted, Ho‘ohuli faces sentencing to a mandatory prison term based on his prior felony convictions.

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Ho‘ohuli was scheduled to make his initial appearance Monday, April 11, in Hilo District Court. He remained in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail as of Monday morning.

The investigation was handled by members of the Area I Vice Section and the case is being prosecuted by county Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Elyssa Correia Keltner.

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