A true bill was produced in a Superseding Indictment against Matthew San Agustin Manibusan in CF195-21 indicting him with Manslaughter, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm without a Firearm Identification Card.
The charges stem from the death of Joshua James Meno whose body was discovered on
Swamp Road the afternoon of April 15, 2021. The defendant shot Meno in the lower right
rib area after Meno and other individuals got into an altercation at the defendant’s house.
The defendant admitted to shooting Meno, but claimed he acted in self-defense, and showed police officers where the pistol was hidden in an abandoned school bus around his home.
Manibusan was originally indicted in April 2021 for Murder, Aggravated Assault, and other
charges. The defense filed a Motion to Dismiss the Indictment alleging the first grand jury did not receive exculpatory evidence. While the prosecution disagrees with the defense’s characterization of what constitutes exculpatory evidence, the prosecution presented additional evidence to the Grand Jury. The Grand Jury evaluated the evidence and found that probable cause existed for the manslaughter charge, but not for murder.
Manslaughter carries a sentencing range of 5-20 years.
A Grand Jury is made up of 16-23 members of the community who hear evidence and
decide whether there is reasonable cause to believe that an accused has committed a crime.
At least 12 Grand Jury members must agree that reasonable cause exists in order to return
a True Bill. Learn more about Grand Jury Proceedings here.