Fatal Shooting At Edgewater Bonfire Prompts Guilty Plea From Crownsville Man: Prosecutors

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Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said Wilber Oswaldo Nunez-Menendez pleaded guilty Monday in the fatal shooting of Ronal Alcids Maldonado Quijana. The county courthouse is shown here in Annapolis another day. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

EDGEWATER, MD - A Crownsville man on Monday pleaded guilty to murder after a fatal shooting at an Edgewater bonfire, prosecutors said.

press release identified the accused man as Wilber Oswaldo Nunez-Menendez, 28.

"What started as a verbal argument turned to needless gunfire that took one man's life and caused life-threatening injuries for another," Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said in the release. "A simple dispute should never lead to gun violence. I want to thank law enforcement for their lengthy efforts to identify the defendant and ultimately, track him out of the country to bring justice."

The Anne Arundel County Police Department on Nov. 14, 2020 responded to the shooting at a home on Brick Church Road, prosecutors said.

The state's attorney said officers found Ronal Alcids Maldonado Quijana, 52, dead from gunshot wounds and an unidentified 28-year-old man who had also been shot.

Witnesses told authorities that the outdoor party had food, drinks and co-workers in attendance.

The witnesses added that a former colleague arrived with his nephew, who got into an argument with the victims, Leitess said.

Witnesses reported that the nephew then shot the two victims multiple times, the prosecution said.

The state's attorney said the former co-worker and his nephew drove away in a pickup truck.

A witness called an associate of their former colleague and asked for the nephew's name and phone number, Leitess said. 

Prosecutors said the associate identified the nephew as "Wilmer Nunez" and gave a phone number, which was linked on police databases with Wilber Oswaldo Nunez-Menendez.

The state's attorney said police obtained a photo that matched the description of the shooter and Nunez-Menendez was later identified through a photo lineup. 

Leitess said an arrest warrant was issued, but Nunez-Menendez had fled the country.

The suspect was extradited from El Salvador to Maryland by U.S. Marshals and turned over to the Anne Arundel County Police Department on May 11, 2023, the prosecution said.

The state's attorney said Nunez-Menendez pleaded guilty this week to:

  • Second-degree murder
  • Attempted second-degree murder
  • Two counts of the use of a handgun in a violent crime 

Sentencing is scheduled for April 16 in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in Annapolis, Leitess said.

Assistant State's Attorneys Nancy Jeffein Olin and Joshua Adrian prosecuted the case. Judge Pamela Alban presided over it.

This map shows the area where prosecutors said the shooting happened.

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