Freeway shooter found guilty of murder

Toby Stangel

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The man accused of a freeway shooting rampage that left a mother of 10 dead and injured two others was found guilty of murder.

Some of the more serious charges against Toby Stangel were knocked down to misdemeanors.

There were three first-degree attempted murder charges, which would have sent Stangel away for the rest of his life — with no chance of ever getting out.

The jury did not find him guilty of those charges.

The 30-year-old Stangel faced a total of 20 charges — one for murder and seven for attempted murder.

The jury found him guilty of second-degree murder for killing 54-year-old Tammy Nguyen.

He was also found guilty of second-degree attempted murder for shooting Amie Lou Asuncion on the freeway.

The jury reduced the attempted murder charge for shooting Samson Naupoto and found Stangel guilty of reckless endangering, which is a misdemeanor.

The same goes for the first-degree attempted murder charges for shooting at two police officers.

As for the other first-degree attempted murder charge for shooting at Nguyen and her daughter, the jury found Stangel not guilty.

The prosecutor has filed a motion for an extended sentence, which could still allow the jury to sentence him to life without parole.

“Considering the facts of this case where he went on a indiscriminately shooting at people for no reason, the safety of the public warrants that he be placed without parole,” Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Dwight Nadamoto said.

The defense says Stangel is not a danger to the community and says Stangel and his family are relieved that he could be eligible for parole.


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