• Former PGPD Commander Seeks Plea Bargain in Weapons Case

    On Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 former Pacific Grove Police commander John Nyunt pleaded guilty to charges four days after being charged with possessing firearms stolen from Monterey Peninsula College, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    The assault rifles, shotguns, and semi-automatic pistols belonged to Monterey Peninsula College. The college was planning to close the police academy and offered them to Pacific Grove Police Department through Nyunt. Knowing that PGPD did not want the weapons, Nyunt – an instructor at the academy – falsely stated that he was accepting the guns on PGPD’s behalf as a donation. He then consigned 17 Glock semi-automatic pistols and five Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistols to a dealer and they were sold off.

    Nyunt, 52, admitted to keeping five of the Glocks and either selling them himself or giving them to other people.

    Nyunt’s consolidated sentencing hearing for both cases is scheduled for April 7, 2015. The maximum statutory penalty for the violation is 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, plus restitution. Pursuant to the binding plea agreement, if accepted by the court, the parties have agreed that the defendant should be sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment, to run concurrent with his sentence in case CR-00235-BLF. However, any sentence will be imposed by the court only after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, per the U.S. Attorney’s report.

    The retired Pacific Grove police commander was first arrested in March, 2014 for threatening to kill his ex-wife, Kristin Newell Nyunt, who was being investigated for wire fraud and extortion. The threats had been captured on tape.

    Additional charges against Nyunt and Kristin Newell Nyunt were added as the investigation continued.

    The Nyunts defrauded victims, including some relatives, of thousands of dollars by diverting criminal complaints from the Police Department to an investigations business they had formed, according to Monterey County prosecutor Steve Somers. Nyunt would order investigations that implicated his ex-wife as a suspect to be closed, according to the District Attorney’s office.

    Nyunt also allowed his ex-wife access to the confidential Police Department computerized data base system which she used to steal numerous individuals’ identities.

    In April, Nyunt pleaded guilty to second-degree commercial burglary, threatening a witness and being an accessory after the fact in the state case. He was immediately sentenced to three years in prison.

    He was charged in May, 2014 with wire fraud and extortion in U.S. District Court. He pleaded guilty.

    Kristen Nyunt pleaded guilty to one count of residential burglary, two counts of forgery, two counts of computer network fraud and five counts of identity theft. She was sentenced in July to eight years and four months in prison, but can be released on mandatory supervision after completing three years and eight months in prison.


    posted to Cedar Street Times on December 17, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log


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