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The Santa Maria man charged in connection with the fatal shooting of his younger brother earlier this month is seeking temporary release from custody to attend his funeral. 

Fernando Navarro, 19, faces felony charges of involuntary manslaughter with special allegation use of a firearm; negligent discharge of a firearm with a special allegation of causing great bodily injury to the victim; and illegal possession of a firearm from a prior misdemeanor probation case from 2017. 

During Thursday's brief hearing, attorney Sara Elturk, along with Deputy District Attorney Anne Nudson, agreed to return Tuesday to further discuss Fernando's request for temporary release from County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $130,000 bail.  

Leonardo's funeral service is reportedly planned for Wednesday. 

While it's fairly common for defendants to seek permission to attend funerals of family members, their release requests are rarely granted by the court, according to prosecutors, who oppose Fernando's request. 

Leonardo, 13, died Feb. 3 from what officials believe was an unintentional shooting that occurred at a residence in the 600 block of West Polk Street in Santa Maria.

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After questioning all occupants in the home, Fernando was arrested and booked into custody. He has since pleaded not guilty and denied all special allegations. 

According to court records, Fernando was charged with misdemeanor count of brandishing a firearm replica, and was sentenced to three years probation on Jan. 18, 2017.

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210

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