Manu Pleads Guilty

By: Daniel Chanin Email
By: Daniel Chanin Email

A 19-year-old Reno man says he's ready to face the consequences for his role in a shooting that left three people dead, last October.

Over 20 friends and family members watched Saili Manu plead guilty to two felony counts. Now, they're wondering when he'll be able to return home.

"We want him back home," says Leiti Manu, the defendant's sister. "We all miss him. That's my mom's little baby right there."

But Manu could be away from home for a very long time. The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon for pointing a gun at two people at a party on October 28th.

Leiti says she's proud of how her younger brother is handling his mistakes.

"It's sad to see him shackled up," says Leiti. "But I'm happy he did what he needed to do."

Each charge carries a maximum of six years in prison or probation.

Manu is being held on a $500,000 bail. and his sentencing is scheduled for August 13th.

His lawyer, Bob Bell, is trying to reduce the bail so Manu's family can spend time with him before sentencing.

"It's really hard," says Folau Manu, the defendant's father. "We want him back home so he can start his life again."

A judge says Bell must file a motion explaining why bail should be lowered. Then a hearing will be scheduled, between now and sentencing to determine Manu's fate.

In the meantime, his family says they want to apologize for what he did.

"He's a good kid," says Manu's sister. "I just want to apologize for any actions from my family or younger brother."


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